UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss believes that NATO must become a global organization in order to be able to solve world problems. She expressed this opinion on April 27 at an Easter banquet at the Mansion House, the residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London.
“We need a global NATO. When I say this, I don’t mean to expand membership to countries from other regions. I mean that NATO must have a global vision, a readiness to tackle global threats,” said the head of the Foreign Office.
“NATO’s open door policy is inviolable. We also reject the false choice between Euro-Atlantic and Indo-Pacific security. In today’s world, we need both,” said Truss.
In this regard, the minister mentioned the importance of working with countries such as Japan and Australia to ensure that the Pacific region is protected and democracies like Taiwan “have the opportunity to defend themselves.”
Touching upon the topic of supplying weapons to Ukraine, she called for the continuation of this process, noting that the time for caution has passed.
“Some argue that we should not have supplied heavy weapons for fear of provoking something worse. Inaction would be the biggest provocation. Now is the time for courage, not caution. We must ensure that, along with Ukraine, the western Balkans and countries such as Moldova and Georgia will have a margin of safety and the ability to maintain their sovereignty and freedom,” Truss said.
“We must be prepared for the long term and double our support for Ukraine. Heavy weapons, tanks, planes – we should look better [боевую технику] in their reserves, increase production,” the minister said, calling for increased sanctions pressure on Russia.
At the same time, the head of British diplomacy advocated the creation of a new architecture of world security, as well as the exclusion of Russia from the Group of Twenty.
“Let’s be honest. The architecture that was designed to guarantee peace and prosperity did not work in Ukraine,” she said.
The economic and security structures developed after World War II and then after the Cold War fell out of shape, she said.
“The G20 cannot function as an effective economic body while Russia is behind [переговорным] table,” Truss added.
“Today we need a new approach that combines security through combat power and economic security, in which global alliances are built, in which free countries are more assertive and more self-confident, which recognizes that geopolitics has returned,” said the head Foreign office.
On February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to the request of the leaders of the Donbass republics for help. After that, the US, EU, UK, as well as a number of other states imposed large-scale sanctions against the Russian Federation and increased the supply of weapons to the Ukrainian authorities.