The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the global energy crisis that followed have emerged as key foreign policy priorities for the new British prime minister, Liz Truss, as she and her American counterpart. Joe Biden He promised to strengthen their relationship in the face of the aggression of Vladimir Putin.
Truss’ call with Biden came Tuesday night after a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, focused on what she described as ” severe economic problems Because of Putin’s war.” Biden and Truss “reinforced their commitment to promoting global freedom, addressing the risks posed by authoritarian regimes and ensuring Putin’s failure in Ukraine,” according to Downing Street.
Number 10 referred to the “enduring strength of the special relationship” with the United States, something Seemed nervous at times Under her predecessor, Boris Johnson.
The leaders also committed to deepening alliances through the NATO and Defense Ocos, which were set up to counter China’s hegemony in the Indo-Pacific region.
White House He said The leaders discussed close cooperation to help Ukraine “defend itself against Russian aggression,” as well as challenges posed by China, Iran’s ambitions to acquire nuclear weapons, secure sustainable and affordable energy, and the need to protect the Good Friday Agreement.
The first call that Truss made to a foreign leader was Zelensky. The prime minister, who is the UK’s fourth Conservative prime minister in six years, told him “Ukraine can count on UK help in the long term” and lamented Putin’s attempts to weaponize energy. Accept the invitation to visit Ukraine The new prime minister soon said that “Russia’s vital blackmail did not stop the West from ensuring Putin’s failure,” according to Downing Street.
Honored for being the subject of Truss’ first call, Zelensky praised what he said would be a “deep and fruitful relationship” with the new leader, with whom he discussed how to increase pressure on Russia and raise the costs of its invasion.
“It is very important that Great Britain retains a leadership role in promoting the free world and protecting freedom,” he said.
Truss and Biden could meet as soon as the United Nations General Assembly later this month, but the issues Britain’s exit from the European Union Meaning it may not be a completely smooth welcome.
Biden, who is of Irish descent, raised with Truss Tuesday night the need to protect the Good Friday Agreement, and “the importance of reaching a negotiated agreement with the European Union on northern Ireland The protocol is “amid publicized concerns about her one-year tenure as foreign secretary which has seen post-Brexit tensions in Northern Ireland come to the surface. Downing Street said the two leaders “agreed on the importance of protecting the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement.” .
The long-running dispute over the protocol The United Kingdom’s relations with the European Union have been torn apart It led to the imminent collapse of the Stormont Assembly, as the DUP refused to re-enter the executive government until the Brexit arrangements changed. Truss is planning an early trip to Dublin, according to a report on Sunday, in what could open an avenue for talks.
A US trade deal some British officials had hoped would offset post-Brexit trade and economic turmoil yet to materialize under Biden, who warned before his election in 2020 that he would not agree to a deal if Brexit damaged the 2015 Good Friday agreement. 1998.
Truss is leading a country in the grips of a severe economic crisis, amid rising energy costs and the Bank of England’s forecast of double-digit inflation and long slack Unless action is taken.
With Reuters and Agence France-Presse