In the context of Liz Truss becoming the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, there is a discussion about how London’s position will be now in the Russia-Ukraine war.
Will the UK continue to support Ukraine for so long? Or will it decrease? Or will London’s support for Kiev become stronger?—We need to look back a bit to find out the possible answers to these questions.
Truss went to Moscow early last February. He was then the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. Truss traveled to Moscow to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as part of efforts to prevent Russia from attacking Ukraine. In this meeting, he challenged the issue of massing of millions of Russian troops on the border of Ukraine. Trump’s various comments in the meeting made the Kremlin very angry with him. Truss has been publicly scorned by the Kremlin ever since.
On February 24, Russia launched a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Truss took a tough stand against Putin in this incident. Last March, he insisted, Putin must lose in Ukraine. He announced sanctions against many Russian individuals and institutions, including Putin’s relatives.
In late July, Truss announced that the first world leader he would call if he won the race to become UK prime minister would be Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
At the same time, Truss announced that if he becomes prime minister, he will be Ukraine’s greatest friend in the war against Russia. He will follow in the footsteps of Boris Johnson. He is committed to ensuring that Russian President Putin fails in Ukraine, suffers a strategic defeat, and forces Russia to exercise restraint in the future.
Truss also agreed to continue providing arms, financial and diplomatic assistance to Ukraine under the terms of Article 51 of the UN Charter.
On September 5 Trus became the leader of the party defeating Rishi Sunak. On September 6, he took over as Prime Minister. Ukraine welcomed the news of the victory of the new ‘Iron Lady’ truss of the UK. The country’s president, Zelensky, hopes to help Trump thwart Russia.
On the other hand, the Kremlin has already reacted negatively to Truss. On the eve of his victory announcement, the Russian president’s chief spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, expressed fears that Russia’s relationship with the UK under Truss could take a turn for the worse.
Stupidity has won, Russian state television said when Truss was elected leader of the Conservative Party. Boris has achieved Brexit. His successor Truss wanted to achieve something completely different. And that is, the destruction of the world.
Outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris is one of Ukraine’s biggest supporters of President Zelensky. During his tenure as prime minister, he strongly supported Kiev in Ukraine’s fight against Russian aggression. He led the way in sending heavy weapons to Ukraine. He even visited Ukraine three times during the war.
Truss may not be popular in his own country as prime minister. Because, according to a poll, only 12 percent of the UK public think he would make a good or great prime minister. On the other hand, 52 percent of people think that he will be a bad or very bad prime minister.
Analysts have doubts about how efficiently Truss can run the country. However, there is no doubt that his stance on the Ukraine issue will remain steadfast.
According to Kyiv Independent journalist Igor Kosov, the UK’s position on the Ukraine issue has been tough on Russia from the start. Truss as Prime Minister does not seem likely to change this attitude in the UK.