BRITAIN will rip up years of military strategy to prepare for threats from China and Russia, Liz Truss will tell the world today.
The globe must pull together to end its reliance on authoritarian states, the PM will say, as she lays out her new foreign policy blueprint.
Liz Truss will tell the world today that Britain will rip up years of military strategy to prepare for threats from China and Russia
It came as she called on Russia to pay World War II style reparations to Ukraine to help rebuild the war-torn nation.
The Former Foreign Secretary will reopen the 2021 integrated defence review to make sure our military is ready for any future threat.
A lightning-quick review will be done by the end of the year to see if more cash is needed for “strategic capabilities” and to boost our national security.
Britain will recommit to ambitious goals to spend three per cent of GDP on defence by 2030 – saying vital economic and physical security go hand-in-hand.
Hailing Ukraine’s heroic efforts in pushing back Russian tanks, Liz Truss will call for a new era of “hope and progress”.
Promising that “Britain’s commitment is total” in the fight for Ukraine, she is set to warn other nations thinking of wavering: “this must not be a one off”.
In her first speech to the United Nations General Assembly as PM, she will say: “This is a decisive moment in British history, in the history of this organisation, and in the history of freedom.”
Gearing up the international community to take the fight to rogue states, she will say: “The commitment to hope and progress must begin at home – in the lives of every citizen that we serve.
“We want people to keep more of the money they earn – because we believe that freedom trumps instruction.
“The free world needs this economic strength and resilience to push back against authoritarian aggression and win this new era of strategic competition.”
The PM suggested that Moscow should help foot the massive repair bill for Ukraine by reaching into its own coffers.
Asked if there was a realistic chance of Russia coughing up, she told Channel 5 News: “There has been grave damage caused across Ukraine.
“I’m proud that the United Kingdom has stepped up working with the Kyiv to help them with their reconstruction.
“But I would expect that the Russian state which has vast oil and gas reserves should be contributing to rebuilding it.”
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