UK and France stand firm against Russian invasion of Ukraine, amidst faltering U.S. aidto ensuring that Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine ends in failure.
U.K. Foreign Secretary David Cameron and his French counterpart Catherine Colonna emphasized the importance of leveraging economic strength against Moscow's war machine.
Speaking after discussions in Paris, Cameron highlighted that when the economies of Ukraine's Western partners are combined, they outmatch the Russian economy by a significant margin.
The renewed determination from both countries comes at a critical juncture, as Ukraine faces challenges in receiving wartime aid, particularly from the United States, its most significant military backer.
President Joe Biden's push for additional aid has encountered obstacles in Congress, while the European Union continues discussions on the next planned lump-sum amount for assistance.
Cameron stressed the need to make economic strength and commitment count against Russia.
What we have to do is make that economic strength and that commitment pay. If we can, I have no doubt that we can make sure that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin loses and it’s essential that he does lose.- U.K. Foreign Secretary David Cameron
While Cameron and Colonna did not announce new aid for Ukraine during their remarks, they emphasized that the U.K. and France would continue their support for Ukraine for as long as necessary.
Hand in hand since the beginning, our two countries are working together to ensure that the Russian aggression is not rewarded, is a failure.- French Foreign Minister Catherine Colonna
The leaders described the ongoing conflict as a multi-act play, with Cameron outlining the significant events in the conflict's narrative.
The first act was the stunning failure of Russia to achieve its objectives in February and March of 2022 when Russian invasion forces were beaten back from Kyiv.- U.K. Foreign Secretary David Cameron
He then highlighted the second act, which involved Ukraine's successful counteroffensive in the summer of 2022, pushing Russian forces back across the Black Sea.
Britain's Foreign Secretary David Cameron
Cameron expressed that the third act, referring to Ukraine's recent counteroffensive, has been more challenging. However, he emphasized that the fourth act is yet to be written, and it is crucial to ensure that it unfolds in the correct way with the support of Western allies.
The leaders' commitment to using economic leverage underscores their belief that rewarding Russia for its aggression is not an option.
As the conflict continues to evolve, the international community, particularly Western nations, faces the ongoing challenge of determining the most effective strategies to support Ukraine and counter Russian aggression.
Cameron and Colonna spoke on the Israel-Hamas conflict, with France urging for a humanitarian halt and progress toward a permanent cease-fire.
The United Kingdom seeks a long-term cease-fire in which Israel is no longer endangered by Hamas missiles and homicidal operations. Colonna called the violence perpetrated by radical Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank "unacceptable."
France is seeking to assemble European penalties on them, while the US intends to bar settlers implicated in recent assaults on Palestinians in the West Bank from traveling.
The joint commitment from Britain and France to thwart Russia's invasion of Ukraine underscores their determination to utilize economic strength against Moscow's aggression.
With a combined economic advantage over Russia, the leaders emphasized the need to ensure that Russian President Vladimir Putin faces defeat.
As the conflict unfolds, the U.K. and France pledged ongoing support for Ukraine, emphasizing the importance of writing the upcoming phases of the conflict in collaboration with Western allies.
The focus remains on preventing Russia from being rewarded for its aggressive actions and fostering a sustainable ceasefire in Ukraine.