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Western allies step up rhetoric against Russia, want to see Moscow ‘defeat’ – POLITICO

Washington wants “a strategic defeat of Russia” in Ukraine, US Ambassador to NATO Julianne Smith said on Friday.

“We want to see a strategic defeat for Russia. We want Russia out of Ukraine, we want Russia to stop the violence, to stop these brutal and indiscriminate attacks on civilians,” Smith said at the think tank-led Strategic Ark conference in Warsaw.

The rhetoric against Moscow is also intensifying across the Atlantic, with British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss warning that Russian President Vladimir Putin “must lose in Ukraine”.

Speaking to Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on Thursday, in remarks published on Friday, she was asked about French President Emmanuel Macron’s comments on not ‘humiliating Putin’ and whether the West should offer Putin a way out. .

“I do not agree with this idea of ​​an exit ramp. Putin must lose in Ukraine and we must see his sovereignty and territorial integrity restored, on that we are very clear,” Truss said.

She added: “We are not looking for regime change, but we have to make sure that Russia is no longer capable of committing these acts of aggression.

She said the UK was “working with all of Europe to ensure that Putin loses in Ukraine and to help the Ukrainians win”. Victory means Russia leaves all the territory it has invaded, and Putin and Russia must be brought to justice for war crimes, she said.

Western countries are also strengthening their relations with Indo-Pacific nations, amid Beijing’s deep ties with Moscow. Last week, European Council President Charles Michel and European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen visited Japan and described the country as a like-minded partner in the region.

Asked if the United States was able to offer defense support in the Indo-Pacific region and Ukraine, Smith said Washington could “walk and chew gum at the same time.” Joe Biden is making his first trip to Asia as US president, arriving in South Korea on Friday before heading to Japan in a bid to strengthen partnerships in the region.

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