British Foreign Secretary rules out intention to ‘change regime’ in Russia with sanctions
With the help of sanctions, London seeks to achieve a final end to the conflict in Ukraine, and not to change the regime in Russia, stressed British Foreign Minister Truss media/img/4/83/756525283290834.jpg” alt=”British Foreign Minister ruled out intention to “change regime” in Russia with sanctions” />
Great Britain and its allies must continue to put pressure on Russia, as long as its troops remain in Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wrote in an article for the Daily Express.
With the help of sanctions, London is trying to achieve a final end to the conflict, Truss said. “We are not seeking regime change in Moscow,” she assured. “But let me be clear: a weakened Russia— this is a consequence of [Russian President Vladimir] Putin's decision to launch an unwarranted invasion.,— added Trass.
Truss believes that the G7 countries should help ensure that Europe gets rid of dependence on Russian oil and gas, and “ensure that they are never used as leverage again.”
A spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office said on February 28 that London is not seeking a change of power in Russia, but is imposing sanctions in order to “break the regime.”
“We say about how to stop Russia, seeking to subjugate a democratic country. That's been our message all along,” — he explained.
At the same time, US President Joe Biden, during his speech in Warsaw, said that Putin cannot remain in power after the hostilities in Ukraine. “For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power,” — he said. Later, a White House spokesman clarified that Biden did not call for a change of power in Russia. The day before, the US President called Putin a war criminal.
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Biden's statements were deemed “absolutely inadmissible” in the Kremlin. They have no right to be made by the head of state, “which bombed people all over the world for many years, which dropped an atomic bomb on a country that had already been defeated, and which made absolutely no sense,” said presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also said that “regime change” Russia is not a NATO target. “U.S. President [Joe] Biden doesn't want that either, even though he said in his speech yesterday that Putin 'can't stay in power any longer,'” he assured.
Russia has been conducting a special military operation in Ukraine since February 24. Putin called the demilitarization and denazification of the country its goal.
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