BORIS Johnson has insisted the world must not let Vladimir Putin get away with sending thousands of innocents into a war.
He warned freedom in Europe was at risk for the first time since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Boris Johnson has insisted the world must not let Vladimir Putin get away with sending thousands of innocents into a war[/caption]
The PM stressed that Putin had ‘not won’ and he was about to get ‘more Nato, not less’ if he pressed ahead with his bully-boy invasion[/caption]
The PM insisted Putin was illogical and could not see that hundreds of thousands of his own people would die in the biggest military clash since the Second World War.
Mr Johnson said that a package of sanctions, should troops cross the Ukrainian border, would include banning Russia trading in pounds and dollars.
He admitted: “All the signs are that the plan has, in some senses, already begun.
“What we don’t want to see is a violent invasion which would take away one of the most important gains of my lifetime — a Europe whole and free.”
He stressed that Mr Putin had “not won” and he was about to get “more Nato, not less” if he pressed ahead with his bully-boy invasion.
Referring to Russia’s annexing of Crimea, he added: “The lesson of 2014 is that you can’t just let Vladimir Putin get away with it.”
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Last night, insiders said that “all hope was not lost” but they were gloomy as Russian troops continued to flock to the border.
Foreign Office minister James Cleverly warned that five million refugees could flee into Europe to escape Moscow’s rogue regime, sparking a fresh crisis.
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And Foreign Secretary Liz Truss suggested Mr Putin would not stop at Ukraine and might try to take even more former Soviet states.
General Sir Nick Carter, the former Chief of the Defence Staff, said the West needed to be “almost on a war footing” over the next decade as Russian aggression would only continue.
Meanwhile, Britain’s top companies were told to be on guard for a string of retaliatory Russian cyber attacks.