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Britain must up defence spending as Ukraine war could last five years, says Liz Truss


THE war could last five years and Britain needs to up spending on defence as insurance, says Liz Truss.

The Foreign Secretary quoted Ukraine’s President Zelensky, saying: “Freedom must be better armed than tyranny.” 

The war could last five years and Britain needs to up spending on defence as insurance, says Liz Truss

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The war could last five years and Britain needs to up spending on defence as insurance, says Liz Truss

Speaking to diplomats at London’s Mansion House, Ms Truss said spending two per cent of GDP on defence was a “floor not a ceiling”.

She added: “We have to strengthen our collective defence.”

Taiwan or Moldova might be at risk next if spending on arms was not ramped up enough, Ms Truss also claimed.

Britain wants Ukraine to push Russia as far as possible back out of the country, with insiders still hopeful they could eventually win the war.

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UK ministers are urging them to resist agreeing to a measly peace agreement like in 2014.

They fear it would allow the untrustworthy Vladimir Putin to regroup and come back for more later.

The Foreign Secretary is understood to be concerned that the evil Russian dictator could use short-range nuclear or chemical weapons.





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