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UK overseas minister to go to Ukraine, tells Russia to finish army buildup

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LONDON (Reuters) – British overseas minister Liz Truss will reaffirm help for Ukrainian sovereignty on a visit to Kyiv this week as a part of efforts to discourage a doable Russian invasion, urging Moscow to finish its army buildup alongside the border.

FILE PHOTO: British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow

FILE PHOTO: British Overseas Secretary Liz Truss takes half in a wreath-laying ceremony in Moscow

The US and NATO stated on Wednesday that Russia was nonetheless build up troops round Ukraine regardless of Moscow’s insistence it was pulling again, questioning President Vladimir Putin’s acknowledged want to barter an answer to the disaster.

Truss will maintain talks with Ukraine’s Overseas Minister Dmytro Kuleba and can then ship a speech in Kyiv the place she is going to warn Russia it faces financial ache and world isolation if it invades its former Soviet neighbour.

“I urge Russia to take the trail of diplomacy. We’re prepared to speak,” Truss will say, in accordance with extracts of her speech launched by her workplace.

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“However we’re very clear – in the event that they determine to proceed down the trail of aggression, there will probably be huge penalties, bringing Russia extreme financial prices and pariah standing.”

Britain’s overseas ministry didn’t give particulars of when the journey would occur.

Russia stated this week that its forces – a part of an enormous buildup that has been accompanied by calls for to the West for sweeping safety ensures – have been pulling again after collaborating in workout routines in southern and western army districts close to Ukraine.

However NATO Secretary-Normal Jens Stoltenberg stated shifting troops and tanks backwards and forwards didn’t quantity to proof of a pullout.

Truss will even journey to the annual Munich Safety Convention on Saturday the place G7 overseas ministers will meet to debate the continuing disaster.

(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill, Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien)

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