Liz Truss calls on Russia to “stop unprovoked aggression” as she plans rare trip to Moscow | Politics | News

Foreign Minister Liz Truss, 46, hopes to travel to Moscow to meet with her Kremlin counterpart over growing concerns that Russian President Vladimir Putin, 69, could invade Ukraine. A government source told The Times Ms Truss could make the rare trip to the Russian capital as early as next month.

However, the newspaper also spoke with sources close to the Foreign Minister, who revealed that no plan was in place at the present time.

A source close to Ms Truss said: ‘A lot would have to happen first, but Liz is excited about a visit and would strongly consider it if the timing was right and it helped us to. achieve our goals. “

If Ms Truss chose to visit Russia, she would be the first foreign minister to make the 1,550-mile trip from Boris Johnson, 57, in 2017.

The member for southwestern Norfolk would like Moscow to “end its unprovoked aggression” against Kiev.

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News of Ms. Truss’ trip comes as the Kremlin assembles some 100,000 Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.

Such a move sparked growing concern that an impending invasion attempt was imminent.

Addressing the Commons on January 6, Ms. Truss provided an update on “what we are doing to combat Russian aggression against Ukraine”.

She reaffirmed the UK’s support for Ukraine saying: “Thirty years ago Britain was one of the first countries to recognize Ukraine’s independence, and today our commitment to Ukraine is unwavering.

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Ms Truss, who succeeded Lord David Frost, 56, as Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator with the European Union in December, added: ‘We will not accept the campaign that Russia leads to overthrow its Democratic neighbors.

“With that comes baseless rhetoric and misinformation.

“The Russians have falsely presented Ukraine as a threat to justify their aggressive stance, and they falsely accuse NATO of provocation.

“This couldn’t be further from the truth. Ukraine’s restraint has been laudable and NATO has always been a defensive alliance. Russia is the aggressor here.

“He amassed a large number of troops along the Ukrainian border and in illegally annexed Crimea.”

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