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David Cameron has stated he’s against sending Western troops to Ukraine even for coaching missions, warning that the UK “should not create obvious targets” for Vladimir Putin.

During an interview with German each day newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitungthe international secretary was requested whether or not it was clever to rule out sending Western troopers to Ukraine.

He stated coaching missions had been greatest carried out overseas, and added that 60,000 Ukrainian troopers have been educated within the UK.

Lord Cameron additionally outlined his imaginative and prescient for a post-war Europe, telling the paper: “A success for Putin would be very bad and destabilising for Europe.

“I see two scenarios for our future. In one, Ukraine succeeds in pushing back Russia and achieving a just peace. In this scenario it would become clear that aggression is not worth it and that Putin has to pay a price for it. Then we look forward to a brilliant future with a stronger Nato, a united transatlantic community and growth and prosperity.

“[The other] would mean great uncertainty, not only for Europe but also for the world. If one bully gets away with unwarranted aggression, other bullies will follow.”

Lord Cameron warned that success in Ukraine for Vladimir Putin ‘would be very bad and destabilising for Europe’

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Lord Cameron additionally stated Ukraine wanted extra long-range weapons and that he was prepared to work with Berlin to unravel its hesitance in supplying Taurus cruise missiles.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has stalled for months on Ukraine’s want for the German-made missiles, which have a spread of as much as 500 kilometres (310 miles) and will, in principle, be used towards targets deep into Russian territory.

Lord Cameron’s feedback come as Ukrainian international minister Dmytro Kuleba hit out at Pope Francis, who reportedly stated Ukraine ought to have the “courage of the white flag” and be prepared for negotiations with Russia.

“The strongest is the one who, in the battle between good and evil, stands on the side of good rather than attempting to put them on the same footing and call it ‘negotiations’,” Mr Kuleba stated in a publish on X, previously Twitter.

“At the same time, when it comes to the white flag, we know this Vatican’s strategy from the first half of the 20th century. I urge to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past and to support Ukraine and its people in their just struggle for their lives.

“Our flag is a yellow and blue one. This is the flag by which we live, die, and prevail. We shall never raise any other flags.

“We thank his holiness Pope Francis for his constant prayers for peace, and we continue to hope that after two years of devastating war in the heart of Europe, the pontiff will find an opportunity to pay an apostolic visit to Ukraine to support over a million Ukrainian Catholics, over five million Greek Catholics, all Christians, and all Ukrainians.

Pope Francis, in an interview with Swiss broadcaster RSI, called for negotiations in Russia’s war against Ukraine. He reportedly said: “The strongest one is the one who looks at the situation, thinks about the people and has the courage of the white flag, and negotiates.”

Responding by way of a publish on X, Polish international minister Radek Sikorski stated: “How about, for balance, encouraging Putin to have the courage to withdraw his army from Ukraine? Peace would immediately ensue without the need for negotiations.”

The Vatican later clarified that the Pope supported “a stop to hostilities [and] a truce achieved with the courage of negotiations”, quite than an outright Ukrainian give up.

Matteo Bruni stated that the journalist interviewing the Pope used the time period “white flag” within the query that prompted the controversial remarks.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/david-cameron-russia-ukraine-targets-britain-b2510263.html