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LONDON — Ukraine could slide into a “quagmire” like the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan unless Moscow abandons plans for a military incursion there, Britain’s foreign secretary is set to warn.

In a speech in Australia on Friday, Liz Truss will call on Russian President Vladimir Putin to engage in ‘meaningful discussions’ and to ‘stand back and step back from Ukraine before he makes a mistake strategic massive,” according to excerpts released in advance by his office.

As many as 100,000 Russian troops remain on the Ukrainian border, despite warnings from US President Joe Biden and European leaders about the dire consequences of an invasion. Moscow has also started moving troops to Belarus, Ukraine’s northern neighbor, for joint military exercises.

In a sign of the growing sense of urgency among Western nations, the UK is supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons, and the US has given the green light to three NATO allies – Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania – to launch anti-armour missiles and other US-made weapons into Ukraine.

In her speech, the UK Foreign Secretary will argue that the “Kremlin has failed to learn the lessons of history” and warn that a Russian incursion would drag Moscow into a protracted conflict similar to the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

“The invasion will only lead to a terrible quagmire and loss of life, as we know from the Soviet-Afghan war and the conflict in Chechnya,” she said.

Truss is heading to Australia to forge closer defence, diplomatic, technological and economic ties to help Britain counter Russia and China, two countries ’emboldened in a way we don’t. haven’t seen since the Cold War,” she said.

“Threats to freedom, democracy and the rule of law are not just regional, they are global. And so we have to respond together,” Truss is expected to say at the Lowy Institute in Sydney. “We need to work with partners like Australia, Israel, India, Japan, Indonesia and many more. By forging closer ties with our friends and bringing other countries closer to the orbit of free-market democracies, it will ultimately make us all safer and freer in the years to come.

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