- Prime Minister to attend European leaders’ meeting in Prague to galvanize response to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
- Liz Truss will hold talks on securing the UK’s energy supply and tackling migration, and will encourage allies to end energy dependence on Russia
- The UK will play a leading role in the summit to spur international action on national priorities
Prime Minister will urge leaders to stand united in the face of Russian aggression as Europe faces ‘its greatest crisis since World War II’ when she addresses a regional summit in the Republic today Czech. [6th October].
Liz Truss will attend the meeting of leaders from across Europe to build support for Ukraine and galvanize collective action on energy security and migration, delivering on UK priorities.
During a series of bilateral meetings and plenary sessions in Prague, the Prime Minister will encourage countries to go further and faster to end Europe’s dependence on Russian hydrocarbons and “augurate a new era of resilience and independence”.
She will call on leaders to pledge at the summit to keep gas and power interconnectors open this winter and is expected to hold talks on joint projects to develop new offshore nuclear and wind capacity.
The Prime Minister will also meet with key countries on the migration route, including the leaders of France and the Netherlands, to advance joint operations aimed at dismantling criminal gangs that profit from illegal migration.
Prime Minister Liz Truss will say at the opening plenary session in Prague:
Europe is facing its greatest crisis since World War II. And we faced it with unity and determination.
We must continue to stand firm – to ensure that Ukraine wins this war, but also to face the strategic challenges it has exposed.
The Prime Minister is expected to say that the UK has continued to play a leading role in Europe outside the European Union, as evidenced by the reaction to the invasion of Ukraine.
The UK has forged new defensive alliances through the Joint Expeditionary Force and strengthened regional security as the largest European contributor to NATO. This week, the UK deployed the Royal Navy frigate HMS Enterprise to the North Sea to work with Norway to protect critical national energy infrastructure, following the shocking sabotage of the Nordstream 1 and 2 pipelines.
Speaking at the opening of the summit, the Prime Minister will say that we must:
…learning the lessons of war. The threat has smoldered far too long. Now, at last, we are tackling Putin’s aggression head-on.
And we should take the same approach with other challenges ahead – including long-standing regional issues like energy and migration.
Instead of the old approach that only dealt with the symptoms, it’s time to tackle the root causes.
The meeting of the European Political Community in Prague is an opportunity for leaders from across the continent, including EU and non-EU states, to work together to address pressing common challenges.
The prime minister is expected to address the opening plenary and participate in a working group on energy security, as well as a series of bilateral talks and informal meetings with leaders.