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Ukraine Is a Test of Britain's Diplomatic Mojo

By Martin Ivens

29 Jan 2022 · 4 min read

Boris Johnson’s leadership may have become a laughingstock thanks to “Partygate” breaches of lockdown rules at Downing Street, but the UK is being taken more seriously in one part of Europe than it has been for years — Ukraine.

Today, the most clear-eyed response to Russia’s propaganda offensive on NATO and aggression toward Ukraine has come from Britain. UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has delivered 2,000 state-of-the-art N-LAW anti-tank weapons to Ukraine — though London had to avoid German airspace to do so. Even before other Western ministers took notice, Wallace challenged Vladimir Putin’s now notorious 5,000-word thesis from 2021 that argued Ukraine has no existence separate from Russia.

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