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Liz Truss today hit back at those calling for Ukraine to cede territory to Russia as she dismissed suggestions there could be ‘compromise and appeasement’ with Vladimir Putin.
The Foreign Secretary delivered a fierce warning about any ‘backsliding’ in the West’s resistance to Russia’s ‘autocratic aggression’.
On a visit to Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms Truss called on countries to ‘not back away in Ukraine’s hour of need’ and demanded Kyiv‘s allies ‘see this through’.
She also accused Mr Putin of ‘trying to hold the world to ransom’ by blocking grain exports from Ukraine.
There are fears Russia’s continued blockade on Ukrainian ports has left a number of countries teetering on the brink of famine.
Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state, this week said Ukraine should give up land to Russia in a bid to end the three-month conflict.
The 98-year-old claimed Ukraine should agree to the ‘status quo ante’, suggesting Kyiv should formally hand over Crimea to Russia, following the Ukrainian peninsula’s annexation by Mr Putin in 2014.
Mr Kissinger also came close to calling for the West to bully Ukraine into accepting those peace terms.
He told the World Economic Forum in Davos that ‘negotiations need to begin in the next two months before it creates upheavals and tensions that will not be easily overcome’.
However, Ms Truss today gave short shrift to the anything other than fulsome support to Kyiv in its war aims.
Liz Truss delivered a fierce warning about any ‘backsliding’ in the West’s resistance to Russia’s ‘autocratic aggression’
The Foreign Secretary accused Vladimir Putin of ‘trying to hold the world to ransom’ by blocking grain exports from Ukraine
Henry Kissinger, the former US secretary of state, this week said Ukraine should give up land to Russia in a bid to end the three-month conflict
Speaking of a need for the West to continuing backing Ukranians in their ‘brave fight for their country’, the Foreign Secretary said: ‘The way we go about this is not by offering compromise and appeasement to Putin.
‘Digging deep in our resources and not backsliding.’
She called for more weapons and money to be poured into Ukraine and outlined how a ‘new Marshall Plan’ would be needed to help the country rebuild.
There are estimated to be 20 million tonnes of grain stuck in Ukraine as Russia continues its siege of Black Sea ports.
This has led to warnings of a global food crisis, with devastating impacts for more vulnerable countries.
The Kremlin has offered to ease the blockade in exchange for the lifting of Western sanctions.
But Ms Truss dismissed the offer as part of Russia’s ‘bullying tactics’.
She also accused Mr Putin of ‘essentially weaponising hunger and lack of food among the poorest people around the world’.
‘That is trying to hold the world to ransom, and it must not succeed,’ she added.
‘So now it is about digging deep, not backsliding. We must all learn the lessons of history.
‘Democracy and freedom must prevail over autocratic aggression. Not good enough to standby, have to see this through.
‘We must see this through, not back away in Ukraine’s hour of need because we would rather none of this was happening.
‘Putin must lose in Ukraine. Putin’s aggression must never succeed in Europe.’