“We will not tolerate their disruptive work, and we will always be with our NATO allies in the face of Russia’s hatred.”
Britain plans to offer NATO a “massive export” of troops, weapons, warships and aircraft to Europe, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced January 29, in response to the airstrikes. “Russian hatred” for Ukraine.
The donations, which are due to be handed over to NATO military officials next week, could see London double the 1,150 UK troops stationed in Eastern Europe with “self-defense weapons” being sent to Estonia, his office said.
“The package sends a clear message to the Kremlin – we will not tolerate their disruptive activities, and we will always be with our NATO allies in the face of Russia’s hostility,” Johnson said in a statement at the end of January 29.
“I have instructed our troops to prepare for deployment to Europe next week, to ensure that we can assist our NATO allies on land, at sea and in the air,” he added.
The British Prime Minister said that if Russian President Putin decides to “shed blood and destruction” in Ukraine, it could be a “disaster in Europe”.
“Ukraine should be free to choose its future,” he said.
Mr Johnson, who has been under intense political pressure for weeks after a series of scandals, said on January 28 he would talk to Putin in the coming days to encourage Ukraine’s decline.
In the meantime he is expected to visit the area next week.
Relations between Russia and the West have been at an all-time high since the Cold War after Moscow sent thousands of troops to the Ukrainian border.
Britain’s Foreign Ministry is expected to announce a series of sanctions against Russia in Parliament on January 31 to meet its economic and financial needs.
In the meantime, UK officials have been sent to Brussels, NATO’s headquarters, to finalize a number of military submissions following a series of talks on Monday.
Britain’s defense chief Tony Radakin, the army chief, briefed Ukraine’s cabinet on the following day.
Possible deployment of aircraft, warships and military specialists as well as troops and weapons will strengthen NATO security and “confirm UK support for Nordic and Baltic allies”, according to Mr. Johnson.
Britain already has more than 900 troops based in Estonia, and more than 100 are in Ukraine here as part of a training program that began in 2015.
So far, about 150 light troops have been sent to Poland.
The HMS Prince of Wales – which is located in the “High North” European Arctic region, leading NATO’s Maritime High Readiness Force – is standing “to move within a few hours if the conflict continues,” Downing Street said.
Ahead of the political crisis, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace are planning to travel to Moscow for talks in the coming days, it added.
“They will be asked to improve relations with President Putin’s government and promote a downward spiral,” Johnson’s office said.
Mr Wallace is also expected to visit allies in Hungary, Slovenia, and Croatia next week.