Foreign Secretary Liz Truss says the UK will help Ukraine ‘cut down its dependence’ on Russian energy by boosting access to green technology amid tense stand-off with Moscow
- Liz Truss has pledged to help Ukraine reduce reliance on Russian oil and gas
- The Foreign Secretary said the UK will help to boost renewable energy in Ukraine
- Comments came as tensions increase with Russia over crisis on Ukraine border
Liz Truss has promised to help Ukraine reduce its reliance on Russian oil and gas by boosting its access to renewable energy technology.
The Foreign Secretary said access to Britain’s ‘leading green innovative technologies’ like wind power and hydrogen will enable Ukraine to ‘cut down its dependence’ on Russia for energy.
The pledge comes amid heightened tensions between NATO allies and Moscow over the build up of Russian forces on the border with Ukraine.
Liz Truss, the Foreign Secretary, said access to Britain’s ‘leading green innovative technologies’ like wind power and hydrogen will enable Ukraine to ‘cut down its dependence’ on Russia for energy
US President Joe Biden and Mr Putin spoke yesterday for 50 minutes to discuss the situation in Ukraine.
Kremlin officials said Mr Putin had warned Mr Biden that any new sanctions would lead to a complete breakdown in relations between the two countries.
Both sides have accused the other of provocations while tens of thousands of Russian troops have been moved close to the Ukrainian border.
And both sides used yesterday’s call to warn of dire consequences if the current impasse over Ukraine is not resolved.
NATO has expressed concerns that the build-up of Russian forces could be a precursor to an incursion but the Kremlin has dismissed claims that it is preparing to invade.
Ms Truss wrote a piece for the Ukrayinska Pravda publication, translated by The Telegraph, to mark the 30th anniversary of UK-Ukraine diplomatic relations.
The Foreign Secretary tweeted a link to the article as she said: ‘We are resolute in our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and freedom.’
In the piece Ms Truss wrote: ‘We can make the most of Britain’s leading green innovative technologies such as wind and hydrogen energy so that Ukraine will be able to cut down its dependence on Russian fuel and spur up trade and investment.’
Ukraine’s energy supply reportedly currently includes 15 per cent from renewable energy sources but the country wants to hit 25 per cent by 2030.
Ms Truss has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that an invasion would have ‘massive consequences’
Ms Truss also said that the UK and other NATO allies have ‘made it clear that any further intrusion into Ukraine will be a grave strategic mistake’.
She said: ‘We will offer a robust response against any such steps including coordinated sanctions to deal a heavy blow on Russia’s interests and economy.’
The Foreign Secretary said those consequences would come at a ‘severe cost’ to Moscow.
Liz Truss: UK will help Ukraine reduce dependence on Russian energy