The overseas secretary has claimed that western powers did not fence in Putin as they “let down” their guard within the wake of the Cold War.
Truss advised the Solar newspaper that Vladimir Putin’s 2014 annexation of Crimea was not responded to adequately because the West “let down our guard” following the demise of the USSR..
Truss argued that the UK ought “not be trying to negotiate” with Putin or provide him a “way out”.
“Because of that failure to act then, we are now facing these very high costs, and the cost will get only worse,” she went on.
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“The Foreign Office abandoned our information unit and we have been flooded by Russian disinformation. We became too dependent on authoritarian regimes.”
Truss additionally signalled her approval of Germany’s ramping up of defence spending following a long time of decline, and careworn that Ukrainians had been preventing “freedom and democracy” in addition to their nationhood.