“The age of engagement with Russia is over,” British Foreign Minister Liz Truss said at a dinner with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Wednesday.
In its remarks, the Foreign Office said, Truss told his NATO counterparts, “The NATO-Russia Founding Act is dead and it is time to do away with the old approach to handling Russia.”
The act, signed in 1997, stipulates “NATO and Russia do not consider each other’s adversaries,” according to the original document.
“The age of engagement with Russia is over. We need a new approach to security in Europe based on resilience, defense and deterrence”, Truss said.
NATO meeting: Truss’s remarks have been called by NATO foreign ministers in Brussels to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to the statement sent to Nation World News, Truss underlined that NATO could not allow “security gaps” on the alliance’s eastern borders and for countries “trapped in the trap of Russian influence” such as Georgia, Moldova, Sweden and Finland. should be reconsidered”.
The foreign secretary urged his allies to tighten sanctions and ensure Ukraine “quickly and decisively … thwarts Putin.”
According to an op-ed published in The Telegraph on Wednesday, Truss also said that it is working with its G7 counterparts to further impose more sanctions on Russian banks. In the article, Truss defended NATO’s increased spending and presence in Eastern Europe.
“For NATO to remain on the frontlines of global security, it must be bold. As President Eisenhower, the coalition’s first supreme commander, said: “History has not long entrusted the care of independence to the weak or the cowardly,” Foreign Secretary wrote.