The huge fact the world now knows is that the Ukrainian people will fight for their country. They believe in their country. They love their country, and they’re going to defend it.
That was something we didn’t really know a month ago. It’s now absolutely clear. That’s changed geopolitics
It means that we have a duty to help them. We have a duty to help them protect themselves and their loved ones. And so the UK is stepping up again. We’ve already sent about 4,000 anti-tank weapons. We’re going to send a lot more in the course of the next few days, 6,000 more missiles, and much else besides.
And the point I’m going to make today is he’s already crossed a threshold of barbarism in the way he’s behaving.
People talk about new red lines for chemical, biological, tactical nuclear weapons or whatever.
For me, the red line already has been crossed. He’s bombing, indiscriminately, civilian centres.
He’s causing huge numbers of casualties in wholly innocent populations.
We need to do more. And so we need to do more economically. Can we do more to stop him using his gold reserves for instance, in addition to his cash reserves?
The more pressure we apply now, particularly on things like gold, that I believe the more we can shorten the war.