British Prime Minister Boris Johnson pledges to ‘hamper’ Russian economy in televised speech
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vowed on Thursday to hobble Russia’s economy with sanctions for what he called President Vladimir Putin’s hideous and barbaric plot to invade Ukraine.
Addressing the nation in a televised address, Johnson said the UK’s worst fears have come true and all warnings have tragically proven to be correct as Russian President Putin has unleashed war on our European continent without no provocation or credible excuse.
Johnson said a vast invasion is underway by land, sea and air as countless missiles and bombs rain down on innocent people.
Today, together with our allies, we will agree to a massive set of economic sanctions designed in time to cripple the Russian economy, Johnson said.
And to that end, we must also collectively end the reliance on Russian oil and gas that for far too long has given Putin his grip on Western politics. Our mission is clear: diplomatically, politically, economically and possibly militarily, this hideous and barbaric enterprise of Vladimir Putin must end in failure, he declared.
The British Prime Minister affirmed that Ukraine is not a distant country but a place which for decades has enjoyed freedom and democracy.
Speaking directly to the Russian people about their president authorizing a tidal wave of violence against a Slavic people and the relatives of Russian soldiers who will lose their lives, Johnson insisted he does not believe it was being done in their name or that they really want the pariah status it will bestow on Putin’s regime.
He added: To the British people and all those who have heard Putin’s threats against those who support Ukraine, we will of course do everything to keep our country safe.
This wanton and reckless act of aggression is not just an attack on Ukraine. It is an attack on democracy and freedom in Eastern Europe and in the world. This crisis is about the right of a free, sovereign and independent European people to choose their own future and it is a right that the UK will always defend.
The televised address came as UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss also issued a statement, outlining Britain’s plans for unprecedented sanctions against the Putin administration for its unprovoked and premeditated attack on a sovereign democratic nation. .
We are urgently convening discussions with our allies and partners to coordinate our response. Together we will hold the Russian government to account, Truss said.
We have always been clear that any Russian military incursion into Ukraine would have massive consequences and high cost. As a result of their actions, we will launch today an unprecedented set of new sanctions that we have developed with our international partners, she said.
The Minister again summoned the Russian Ambassador to the UK to “explain Russia’s illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine”.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said the UK government would be “particularly aware of the potential for cyberattacks and disinformation emanating from Russia” following the “unwarranted” attack.
“There is no doubt that work is underway in government 24/7 to maximize our resilience to such attacks, which would receive a sufficiently robust response,” she tweeted.
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