British Lead the Charge for Total War on Russia
April 6, 2022 (EIRNS)—If there was still any doubt that London’s intention towards Moscow is total war, the speech of British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss at the British Embassy in Warsaw on April 4, after meeting with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, should remove it once and for all. “What we have seen on the streets of Irpin and Bucha are scenes that we will never forget. We have seen butchery, evidence of rape and sexual violence as well as the indiscriminate killing of civilians,” she said. “We will ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice for these barbaric crimes. And together with our allies we will step up our efforts to stop Putin’s appalling war.”
Truss bragged that three weeks ago, “the U.K. led 41 states to refer these atrocities to the International Criminal Court,” that the U.K. is providing additional funding to the ICC and that the U.K. government has appointed former ICC judge Sir Howard Morrison as an independent adviser to the Ukrainian prosecutor general. “And today, I can announce that we are launching a £10 million civil society fund to support organizations in Ukraine, including those helping the victims of conflict-related sexual violence,” she said. “We will not rest until these criminals have been brought to justice. We are clear that after these appalling crimes Russia has no place on the Human Rights Council.
“And it is the responsibility of the U.K. and our allies—and that is what Dmytro and I discussed today—to step up our support for our brave Ukrainian friends. That means more weapons and more sanctions. Putin must lose in Ukraine,” Truss insisted.
She concluded: “We are determined to help in whatever way we can. We will back you unwaveringly in your negotiations. And together, we will not rest until Putin fails and Ukraine prevails.”
In separate remarks after meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, Truss also bragged about how the West has frozen more than 60% of Russia’s foreign currency reserves, amounting to more than $350 billion, and that “Our coordinated sanctions are pushing the Russian economy back to the Soviet era.” According to TASS, she also said that the G7 foreign ministers meeting on April 7 would approve new sanctions against Russia, in particular a ban on the entry of Russian ships into the ports of Western countries, “cracking down” on more Russian banks, and distribution of restrictions on the Russian gold mining industry. In addition, Truss advocated “agreeing on a clear timetable to eliminate imports of Russian oil, coal and gas.”