Russia mocks ‘deaf’ Liz Truss after Ukraine talks



The Prime Minister’s intervention highlighted growing public splits with France, a fellow Nato ally, which has suggested that Moscow could have a role in Kyiv’s future foreign policy decisions to avert a looming conflict.

It was telling that he stopped short of saying the Western powers were united when asked about Nato splits over Russia at the press conference with Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato Secretary General.

It came as Belarusian and Russian forces began major joint exercises today aimed at practicing “repelling external aggression”, in what has been called a “dangerous” and “violent” gesture aimed at European security.

Europe Editor James Crisp you have analyzed Mr Johnson’s hard line, while with Coughlin warns that, by appeasing Russia, the West is conspiring in its own destruction.

Starmer blames PM for mob

Also on tour today was Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer, who headed to Brussels for his own talks on the Ukraine crisis.

Yet he was slapped down by the Defense Secretary who told him to stick to “the day job” after the Labor leader said Mr Johnson’s authority on the world stage was now diminished.

Ben Wallace said there was a “danger that Labor are probably talking in their own echo chamber”, adding he had seen no evidence of Sir Keir’s claims on his visits to 11 countries in the last two-and-a-half weeks.

Sir Keir blamed Mr Johnson’s claims about Jimmy Savile for the mob that surrounded him this week, and praised the “moral courage” of Tory ministers who refused to endorse the remarks.

He even named two of the Prime Minister’s prospective leadership rivals.

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William targets fast fashion

Completing the picture of British overseas diplomacy was the Duke of Cambridge, who took aim at fast fashion and called for more solutions led by women and indiginous people, as he promoted his Earthshot Prize in Dubai.

Prince William said he was looking for wildcard “out of the box” solutions to repair the planet, revealing that his environmental prize will this year focus on “tipping point” sectors such as fashion, transport and construction.

Meanwhile his brother, the Duke of Sussex, speaking from California, called himself “a typical guy” who “just wants to help fix things” as he launched an HIV testing drive to carry on Princess Diana’s “unfinished” work.

Watch him urging the public to “go and get a test.”

Comment and analysis

Around the world: Paris ban for ‘freedom convoy’

Paris police have banned a French “freedom convoy” of motorists who are protesting against Covid restrictions from entering the capital, citing their failure to declare the protests, amid fears of unrest similar to that in Canada. Motorists set out from southern France on Wednesday with the aim of converging on Paris and Brussels to demand an end to restrictions and measures against high gas prices and the cost of living – in part inspired by demonstrators who have gridlocked the Canadian capital Ottawa. It comes as car manufacturers began slowing production lines near the Canadian border after truckers blocked the busiest border crossing to the US in protest at coronavirus restrictions.

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