Friday, January 20, 2017

Fallon tells Trump: Freedom cannot be traded in Ukraine

January 20, 2017 (BBC Europe) Britain will stand alongside Ukraine in its confrontation with Russia because freedom cannot be "traded", the Defence Secretary has said, amid fears Donald Trump may scale back support to Kiev in a deal with Moscow. Sir Michael Fallon announced new British military training to Ukrainian forces battling Russian-backed separatists and said a Royal Navy warship will visit the country for the first time in a decade. He arrived in Kiev for two days of talks as the US election of Mr Trump has caused alarm among Ukrainians dismayed at his apparent warmth towards Vladimir Putin.

Sir Michael Fallon is visiting Ukraine. Credit: Eddie Mulholland

In comments likely to be seen as a message to Mr Trump, Sir Michael said: “The values of freedom and democracy cannot be traded.” “Britain is stepping up on the global stage and standing firm with our Ukrainian friends. “The UK is sending a clear message that we are committed to defending democracy across the world and support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity.”
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