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Britain’s high diplomat advised former president Donald Trump that the easiest way for any U.S. president to inherit a profitable state of affairs in Ukraine in January is by pushing Congress to approve army assist for Kyiv as quickly as potential, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron mentioned Wednesday in an interview.

Cameron departed Washington on Wednesday after a whirlwind go to to the United States that included a visit to Trump’s Florida residence and membership in Mar-a-Lago to speak politics with the Republican candidate — and try to influence him to maneuver his get together to push ahead assist that has been stalled since final fall.

“There’s an understanding, I think, that not supporting Ukraine would lead to Ukraine’s position weakening, Putin’s position strengthening, and whoever is president at the end of this year doesn’t want to be in that situation,” Cameron advised The Washington Post after conferences in Washington with Secretary of State Antony Blinken and congressional leaders.

Cameron mentioned that he targeted on energy and weak spot in his dialog with Trump, telling the previous president that “it’s in everybody’s interest that Ukraine is in a strong position and Putin is in a weak position at the end of this year. Whoever is president wants to be able to push forward in a way that is backing success and not trying to overturn failure.”

Cameron was cautious about discussing Trump’s response, saying, “I will leave the former president to speak for himself.” The British diplomat added that Trump “wants a good outcome to this situation.”

Cameron was Britain’s prime minister from 2010 till 2016, presiding over the expansion of the populist Brexit motion and resigning in July 2016 after Britons rejected his bid to maintain their nation contained in the European Union in a referendum that he himself referred to as. The Brexit choice foreshadowed Trump’s U.S. victory months afterward that yr, however Cameron had by no means met Trump till their Mar-a-Lago dialog this week.

Trump has mentioned that he would finish the Ukraine struggle in a day — which, in line with individuals accustomed to his technique, would contain handing Ukrainian territory that has been captured by Russia to the Kremlin in alternate for an finish to the hostilities. Many of his advisers say they need to prioritize a geopolitical confrontation with Beijing over one with Moscow.

Cameron mentioned that he advised Trump that withholding assist for Ukraine would undermine a place of energy towards China.

“There’s no doubt that President Xi is watching this incredibly closely,” Cameron mentioned that he advised Trump. “I think that argument is well understood.”

Unlike Biden administration officers who’ve urged Ukrainian leaders to not assault oil refineries and different power targets on Russian soil, Cameron mentioned that Britain supported Ukraine’s proper to take a variety of actions to beat again the Kremlin.

“Of course we have conversations about what is appropriate,” he mentioned. Still, he added, “it’s not as if Russia is limiting itself to only hitting military targets or only attacking on the front. It’s attacking all over Ukraine … one can over-worry about the escalation risk.”

Cameron has come below rising stress inside Britain to revoke export licenses for army assist to Israel over its conduct in Gaza, particularly after three British residents had been killed within the assault on a World Central Kitchen convoy final week. Cameron mentioned that he didn’t at present have plans to shift coverage.

Britain has “a proper process for looking at these things and for our licensing procedures which we will continue to do,” he added.

One of his main focuses is on ramping up the supply of humanitarian assist to Gaza, he mentioned. Israeli coverage shifts to permit in additional assist “are very good to hear,” he mentioned, however “we want those words turned into actions.”