“Britain is not expected to send troops if Russia invades Ukraine,” said the British defense secretary

The minister’s comments come days after Boris Johnson warned Russia of “significant consequences if they invade Ukraine”

It is highly unlikely that Britain or its allies will send troops to defend Ukraine if it is invaded by neighboring Russia, says British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace.

US intelligence claims that Russia has deployed some 70,000 troops near the Ukrainian border and has begun planning a possible invasion as early as next year.

Wallace and Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksie Yuryovich Reznikov issued a joint statement on November 16 saying they were “concerned” about Russia’s military buildup.

“Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine and will continue its long-standing determination to support them,” the statement said.

But in an interview with Spectator, Wallace said that Ukraine “is not a member of NATO and therefore it is unlikely that anyone will send troops to Ukraine to challenge Russia.”

Asked if that means Ukraine stands on its own, Wallace said: “We can all help build capacity but to some extent Ukraine is not in NATO, which is why we do our best diplomatically to tell Putin not to do it. ”

All this comes days after Boris Johnson told Russian leader Vladimir Putin that there would be “significant consequences” for Russia if it invaded Ukraine.

The prime minister spoke by telephone with Putin on Monday to re-emphasize Britain’s commitment to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and warn that any action that undermines Moscow’s stability would be a “strategic mistake”.

The Kremlin has denied plotting to overthrow the government and has accused the Kiev government of igniting tensions in the region by deploying new weapons.

The two countries have been in conflict since 2014 when Russian forces annexed the Crimean peninsula and supported a separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine.

By Editor

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