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Britain's Johnson says Russia has to show it can be trusted

Monday, March 06, 2017 - 01:18

Russia will have to prove it can be trusted again but there was no appetite among Western allies for a new cold war, says British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Russia will have to prove it can be trusted again but there was no appetite among Western allies for a new cold war says British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. "Let's be clear: Russia is up to all sorts of no good. They are, I am afraid, engaged in cyber warefare, they are engaged in undermining countries in the Western Balkans, you saw what happened in Montenegro. To say nothing of Russia's actions in Ukraine, which are, as everybody knows, completely unacceptable. So, point number one is to get that message across to the Russians," Johnson said on arrival at a meeting of EU foreign ministers. "It's also important to stress that we are not in a new cold war with Russia. Neither the UK, nor our friends in the rest of the EU nor in Washington is there any appetite for a new cold war," he added. Foreign ministers of the 28 EU states meet in Brussels on Monday and are expected to decide on creating the so-called Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC), creating a joint command centre for the bloc's foreign training missions in Mali, Somalia and Central African Republic, a senior EU official in Brussels said. Such an agreement would mark a baby step forward on the EU's quest for more security and defence cooperation. While politically sensitive and stalled for years, the bloc has now restarted such efforts, spurred by Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and a growing threat from Islamic militants.

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Britain's Johnson says Russia has to show it can be trusted

Monday, March 06, 2017 - 01:18