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UK and France vow to thwart Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, emphasizing economic strength over military force

United States: The United Kingdom and France reaffirmed their desire to see a failed conclusion of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Tuesday, with the British foreign secretary stressing that Ukraine’s friends must better leverage their economic strength to substantially outmatch Moscow’s military force.

 The continued insistence by UK Foreign Secretary David Cameron and French colleague Catherine Colonna that Russia can’t be rewarded for its aggressiveness comes as wartime help from Ukraine’s single largest military supporter, the US, is dwindling, as per Associated Press.

 Pledges of Continued Support

 Cameron said during meetings with Colonna in Paris that if Ukraine’s Western partners’ economies are added together, “We outmatch the Russian economy by 25 to one or more.”

 “What we have to do is make that economic strength and that commitment pay,” he said, adding, “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.”

 In their press conferences, neither Cameron nor Colonna promised further funding for Ukraine, nor did they answer any inquiries, according to the report by AP.

 “Hand in hand since the beginning, our two countries have been working together to ensure that the Russian aggression is not rewarded, which is a failure,” Colonna said. Cameron stated that the United Kingdom and France would continue to help Ukraine “for as long as it takes.”

 Likening the war to “a play that comes in different acts,” he also said that Ukraine’s allies must determine its next phase. “The first act,” he said, “was the stunning failure of Russia to achieve its objectives” — when the Russian invasion forces first thrust for the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, in February and March of 2022 and were beaten back.

 “The brilliance that the Ukrainians showed in driving back the Russians, taking back half the territory that had been lost, pushing them back across the Black Sea,” he remarked of Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the summer of 2022.

 “But the fourth act is yet to be written and we must make sure we write it in the correct way, with our friends and partners in the Western world,” he continued. “The third act has been more difficult on land,” he said, a seeming reference to Ukraine’s disappointing counteroffensive this summer.

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