British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will call on liberal allies to “face global aggressors” in a highly-charged speech aimed at Russia and China on Friday.
Truss will state in a speech at the Lowy Institute, a Sydney-based think tank, that Moscow and Beijing “were encouraged in a way we have not seen since the Cold War”, according to a copy of her remarks. seen by the Financial Times.
Truss and Ben Wallace, the British defense secretary, are in Sydney for talks with the Australian government on closer security ties after the signing of the Aukus deal last year. The agreement between London, Canberra and Washington is designed to enable Australia to acquire nuclear-powered submarines as part of an effort to counter an increasingly assertive China.
Foreign Minister Vladimir Putin calls on Russian President Vladimir Putin to step down conflict with Ukraine “before making a massive strategic mistake”.
Moscow has amassed more than 100,000 troops on its border with Ukraine and Western allies, including the US, EU and UK, have warned that Putin may plan an invasion. Russia has denied any such intentions.
“Invasion will only lead to a terrible swamp and loss of life, as we know from the Soviet-Afghan war and conflict in Chechnya,” Truss said Friday.
She will also advocate for stronger alliances between countries including Australia, the UK, Japan, India, Indonesia and Israel to curb the growing power of “global aggressors”.
“They strive to carry out dictatorship as a service around the world. “That is why regimes such as Belarus, North Korea and Myanmar are finding their closest allies in Moscow and Beijing,” she said.
“Threats to freedom, democracy and the rule of law are not just regional – they are worldwide. And that is why we must react together. ”
Truss and Marise Payne, Australia’s foreign secretary, on Thursday signed an agreement to work together to combat cyber security threats in the Indo-Pacific region. Further measures to strengthen safety belts are expected to be announced on Friday.
The strong speech will be delivered as Boris Johnson, British Prime Minister, is fight to retain his premiership in the face of domestic controversy and an uprising among conservative party MPs.
The foreign minister has been singled out as a potential contender to replace Johnson should he resign after an investigation into the “PartygateScandal, which involved a series of Downing Street events that allegedly violated coronavirus restrictions.
Truss became Minister of Foreign Affairs last September and took control of Brexit negotiations in December. She said before leaving for Australia that “real mistakes were made”, but that she “100 percent” supported Johnson.