The Foreign Secretary attended a security conference in Munich on Saturday, alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US-Vice President Kamala Harris, and Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky. Ms Truss told those gathered in Germany that a “worst-case scenario” of a Russian invasion could become reality “as early as next week”. Russia has an estimated 130,000 troops stationed at the Ukrainian border, but has denied intentions to invade.
She added: “The reality is that Russia does want to turn the clock back.”
The Foreign Secretary has previously accused the Kremlin of attempting to piece back together the fallen Soviet Union, warning the Russian leadership to learn the “lessons of history”.
She continued: “They dream of recreating the Soviet Union, or a kind of greater Russia, carving up territory based on ethnicity and language.
“They claim they want stability while they work to threaten and destabilise others.”
She said on Saturday: “In the last week alone, we’ve seen a doubling of disinformation, and we’ve seen false flag operations in the Donbas region.“I’m afraid that Russia has shown that they are not serious about diplomacy.”
Also speaking at the conference, Ukraine’s president called for a ‘clear’ time frame on possible Ukrainian membership to NATO – something Vladimir Putin has railed against throughout the crisis.
Mr Zelensky said: “What can we do?
“We can continue forcefully supporting Ukraine and its defences.”
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“I think it would be an absolute disaster be disaster for Europe, a disaster for Ukraine, and a disaster, certainly for Russia, if there were to be an invasion.
“And I think everybody at this conference wants to stand united in support, and in solidarity with Ukraine.
“And I remember actually, five years ago, I came here to the Munich Security Conference, I said exactly the same thing to your predecessor, or one of your predecessors, and it is more vital than ever.
“That we, we stand with you.”