Boris Johnson: UK will use ‘all economic and diplomatic tools’ if Putin invades Ukraine

The Prime Minister spoke to US president Joe Biden, Italian prime minister Mario Draghi, French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday.

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The UK will use “all the economic and diplomatic tools at its disposal” to prevent any invasion of Ukraine by Russia, the Prime Minister has told other world leaders.

The Prime Minister spoke to US president Joe Biden, Italian prime minister Mario Draghi, French president Emmanuel Macron and German chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The leaders agreed that recent meetings of the G20 and of Nato foreign ministers had been useful forums for discussions on this issue. They emphasised the need to provide a united front in the face of Russian threats and hostility.

“The leaders called on Russia to de-escalate tensions and reaffirmed their staunch support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

“The Prime Minister reiterated the points he made to President Putin when they spoke earlier this year in this regard, and which the Foreign Secretary also made to her Russian counterpart last week. The Prime Minister said the UK would continue to use all the economic and diplomatic tools at its disposal to prevent any Russian aggression against Ukraine.

“The leaders agreed to speak again following President Biden’s conversation with President Putin tomorrow.”

The announcement follows reports that American intelligence have found that Russian planning is underway for a possible military offensive against Ukraine.

Reports suggest that Russian military action against Ukraine could begin as early as 2022.

US president Joe Biden and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will speak in a video call on Tuesday as tensions escalate over a Russian troop build-up on the Ukrainian border – seen as a sign of a potential invasion.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed plans on Saturday for the much-anticipated call and said it will take place in the evening.