UK Foreign Secretary: Allies’ response to Ukraine invasion sends message to world tyrants
British Foreign Secretary James Cleverley said the international community’s united opposition to Russia’s war on Ukraine sends a strong message to violence around the world that NATO is not rushing to face the threat.
“We have to make sure that the message we send to everyone who follows us is that we stand for territorial integrity, the rule of law, the United Nations Charter,” James said. Mind on CBC News Network. power and politics Thursday.
“Anyone who has witnessed our response to Russia’s attempted aggression in Ukraine understands how seriously the international community, the UK and Canada, our friends and allies take these issues,” he told host Cathy Simpson.
Cleverly, the UK’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Commonwealth and Development, is in Toronto this week as part of a visit to the US and Canada.
He told CBC News that the international community cannot shy away from its support for Ukraine as it struggles to oust Russian forces.
Cleverly told Simpson that he warned US officials during a conversation with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken earlier this week.
“What I said while I was in America is that we are committed to supporting Ukrainians until they succeed in defending their homeland against this Russian invasion,” he said.
“If we don’t do that, then the signal we will send to every potential aggressor around the world is that we have no patience, no strategic stamina. work is done. It’s over.
“And I think it’s going to make the world a more dangerous place and a more expensive place in human life as well as money.”
WATCH | Response to Russia sends strong message to world: UK Foreign Secretary
China is watching
Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told CBC News Network about it Rosemary Barton live On Sunday, he suggested that China is one of the autocratic regimes studying Russia’s involvement in Ukraine. He said Beijing is afraid to support its own plans for Taiwan by learning from Russia’s struggle in Ukraine.
“I wonder what the Chinese have learned [the war in Ukraine] “So that the weakness of the Russian military can strengthen itself in a possible attack against Taiwan,” Wu told Barton.
“Of course it will be a bad lesson, because war means destruction.”
At a press conference last week after a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan and Canada “firmly agreed” that there would be no attempt to change the international “status quo” through violence. I am not mentioning Taiwan specifically.
“This should not happen anywhere, including Asia,” he said.
He wisely said that the Russian invasion strengthened NATO.
“Vladimir Putin hoped to break up NATO as a defense alliance, and instead we saw NATO coming together and two new countries directly applying to join NATO. Ukraine by Russia,” he said.
WATCH | UK foreign minister says military aid to Ukraine ‘has grown’
Sen. Peter Boehm, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a former senior diplomat, said the strength of the Allied response to the invasion was wrong because of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assumptions about the war — that it would be quick, that Russia’s natural gas supplies could be militarized, that the alliance lacked stability.
“What happened was an unprecedented coordination of the G7, which then spilled over into NATO,” he said. “NATO is a defense alliance and it is not a proxy war. This is a war that Russia started and they thought they would win quickly. And they failed.”
Call for tanks
Canada has provided more than $1 billion in military aid to Ukraine since the invasion began. Ottawa has announced in recent weeks that it has allocated $500 million for a missile defense system and 200 armored vehicles.
Ukraine has stated that it needs several hundred heavy tanks according to NATO standards to resist the invading Russian forces. Trudeau has yet to offer to send tanks.
Canada has 82 German-made Leopard 2 tanks, but is among a number of countries that cannot export them to Ukraine unless Germany approves the donation.
Trudeau did not rule out the possibility of sending Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine if Germany withdraws its objection to the donation of military vehicles sold to Canada.
This issue will be discussed at the meeting of the Defense Liaison Group of Ukraine on Friday at the Ramstein airbase in Germany. There, representatives of countries that provide military support to Ukraine will hear directly from Ukrainian officials about what the country needs to continue the struggle.
“Military support to Ukraine is more than just tanks,” Cleverly said. He added that Canada has worked well with its allies to coordinate military support and ensure there are no shortages of necessary supplies.
According to him, this coordination is important because Ukraine’s material needs have changed since the beginning of the war. According to him, at first, Ukraine called for the donation of Javelin anti-tank missiles and training, but as the nature of the conflict changed, so did their needs.
“Then air defense systems became what Ukrainians needed most,” he said. “Then their ability to repair energy and water infrastructure became a priority.
“And increasingly we’re looking at heavy armor, both tanks and artillery. So… their needs are evolving… and this evolution is being done in close coordination with our NATO friends and allies.