Liz Truss vows to defiantly tackle Russia and ‘expose Putin’s playbook to the world’ as PM

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The potential future Prime Minister has vowed to carry on Boris Johnson’s legacy in Ukraine and for Britain to continue to be Ukraine’s biggest ally in the conflict with Russia. As a symbol of Downing Street’s support for Ukraine, No 10 is adorned in sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine, and blue flowers making it reminiscent of the Ukrainian flag in honour of their Independence Day on August 24.

The Independence Day commemorates Ukraine’s split from Soviet rule in 1991 and President Zelensky has warned that Russia may “try something particularly ugly” on the special day.

Zelensky preemptively warned Putin of a “powerful response” to any attacks which are targeted within the Independence Day celebrations, though many have been advised to keep them to a minimum and stay indoors.

On Tuesday, Boris Johnson said that the United Kingdom would “never recognise” the annexation of Crimea by Russia or “any other Ukrainian territory”.

Speaking to the Crimea Platform, the outgoing Prime Minister said that Ukraine will be supplied with military, economic, diplomatic, and humanitarian support from Britain until “Russia ends this hideous war and withdraws its forces from the entirety of Ukraine”.

As the Tory leadership contest slowly comes to a close, Liz Truss is predicted to win by a significant margin, according to a Sky News poll.

The poll put the Foreign Secretary at a 32-point lead over the former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak.

A YouGov survey predicts that 66 percent of Tory members will vote for Truss while 34 percent will back Sunak.

However, a large number of Tory members still want Boris Johnson to remain as Prime Minister and Johnson’s legacy with Ukraine and Brexit will continue to loom over the future PM.

Writing in The Telegraph, the Foreign Secretary has vowed to increase defence spending to three percent of GDP by 2030.

She added that Britain will also “rethink the way we constrain and deter adversaries, and ensure Britain plays a leading role in the global effort to defend freedom and democracy.”

Truss has taken aim at Putin in her article and his pro-Kremlin propaganda which has been “pedalling falsehoods” to Russian civilians about the motives for the conflict and the events in Ukraine.

Truss said: “When malign actors are ready to peddle falsehoods, our duty is to ensure the world hears the truth. That is why we set up the Government Information Cell to counter the Kremlin’s false narratives.”

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The Foreign Secretary vowed to continue tackling the falsehoods from Russia and other regimes which “use disinformation to sow confusion and undermine global stability”.

She defiantly added: “I will go further as Prime Minister by doing everything possible – including declassifying more intelligence – to expose Putin’s playbook to the world.

“My Government will use intelligence strategically to reveal the Kremlin’s attempts to undermine and destabilise freedom-loving democracies.

“Where there are lies, they will be exposed, where there is barbarism, we will call it out.”

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