“The era of engagement with Russia is over,” British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said during a dinner with NATO foreign ministers in Brussels on Wednesday, according to a statement from the British ministry. of Foreign Affairs published before dinner.
In his remarks, Truss told his NATO counterparts that “the NATO-Russia Founding Act is dead and it’s time to abandon an outdated approach to managing Russia,” the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. Foreign Affairs.
The law, signed in 1997, states that “NATO and Russia do not consider each other adversaries,” according to the original document.
“The era 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 come as NATO foreign ministers meet in Brussels to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
According to the statement sent to CNN, Truss stressed that NATO cannot allow ‘security vacuums’ on the alliance’s eastern borders and should ‘rethink’ support for countries ‘caught in the network of Russian influence’. such as Georgia, Moldova, Sweden and Finland.
The foreign minister also urged her partners to toughen sanctions and arm Ukraine “quickly and decisively…to guarantee Putin’s failure.”
Truss also said she was working with her G7 counterparts to impose more sanctions on other Russian banks, according to an op-ed in The Telegraph on Wednesday. In the article, Truss defended NATO’s increased spending and presence in Eastern Europe.
“For NATO to remain at the forefront of global security, it must be bold. As President Eisenhower, the alliance’s first supreme commander, said: “History does not long entrust the care of liberty to the weak or the timid,” the foreign minister wrote.