Dominic Raab has said it is “extremely unlikely” that troops will be sent into Ukraine in the event of a Russian invasion, but stressed there will be “severe economic consequences” for the Kremlin, including financial sanctions.
The deputy prime minister said: “There will be very serious consequences if Russia takes this move to try and invade, but also install a puppet regime”.
Asked how the government would respond, Mr Raab said: “We wouldn’t telegraph all of the measures that we would take, but it’s important this very clear message… that there will be very serious, severe economic consequences”.
Pressed on whether troops would be sent to Ukraine in the event of an incursion, the cabinet minister added: “I think it’s extremely unlikely we would do that.“
But what we have said is that are already willing, having engaged in training programmes, to help the Ukrainians defend themselves, that’s absolutely right — for defensive purposes.”