Liz Truss claims her foreign aid overhaul can stop Putin’s Wagner Group of mercenaries and China from ‘coercing’ poorer countries
Appearing before MPs, Ms Truss vowed to make the UK’s overseas aid spending more ‘coherent’ with Britain’s foreign policy.
She explained how this would involve challenging the activities of ‘authoritarian actors’ such as Russia’s Wagner Group, which has been closely linked to Vladimir 푸틴.
The Foreign Secretary also described how some developing nations have been left ‘indebted’ to China to leave them vulnerable to 베이징‘s influence.
She expressed her wish for Britain and other G7 nations to counter China’s ‘Belt and Road’ initiative through their aid spending.
And she spoke of a need to drag nations – in places such as Africa and the Caribbean – away from ‘the orbit of authoritarian regimes’ that are pushing them in a ‘negative direction’.
러시아와의 전쟁에서 주요 인물, said to be funded by Mr Putin’s confidante and Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin, are viewed by foreign policy experts as being part of Moscow’s systematic use of Kremlin-linked private security actors.
그룹, made up of a shadowy network of companies, played a prominent role in Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014 and have also been deployed in the current Ukraine conflict, as well as across the Middle East and Africa.
They are claimed to have sometimes been invited into countries at the behest of government’s facing security problems.
As well as being accused of human rights abuses and brutalism in countries such as Mali, Russian mercenaries are also claimed to have helped create African dependencies for Mr Putin’s regime.
차례로, Russia is alleged to seek payment through natural resources or substantial commercial contracts.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss vowed to challenge the activities of ‘authoritarian actors’ such as Russia’s Wagner Group, which has been closely linked to Vladimir Putin
The Wagner Group are viewed by foreign policy experts as being part of Mr Putin’s systematic use of Kremlin-linked private security actors
Russian mercenaries have been deployed in countries such as Mali. They are accused of human rights abuses and brutalism
The shadowy group of companies is said to be funded by Mr Putin’s confidante and Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin
Ms Truss today gave evidence to the House of Commons’ International Development Committee on her recently-published 30-page strategy for overseas aid.
‘What we recognise is there is increasing activity by authoritarian states, particularly in terms of investment in countries, trade with countries and economic coercion, as well as security interference as well,’ she told MPs.
‘So our development strategy is about creating a strong alternative offer that is honest and reliable and that helps those countries develop in the direction that is going to lead to a sustainable future, rather than a direction of unsustainable debt and increasingly authoritarian policies, which would lead to huge problems in the population.
‘We can see the adverse effects, 예를 들면, of the Wagner Group’s activities in certain African countries, of the heavy levels of indebtedness some countries have to China, to see what are the perils of going down that route.’
Foreign Office sources told MailOnline that Ms Truss had been particularly concerned about the Wagner Group’s activities in Mali.
In her appearance before MPs, Ms Truss said her Foreign Office wanted to pull poorer nations ‘away from the orbit of authoritarian regimes that are essentially leading those societies in a direction that doesn’t support women and girls, doesn’t support the human rights we believe in’.
Ms Truss also outlined how UK heads of mission in foreign countries would be handed more control of Britain’s foreign aid spending and investment.
그녀가 말했다: ‘What it is about is being very, very conscious that when we do invest it’s not neutral.
‘There are other countries seeking to influence African states, states in the Caribbean through the use of coercive finance.
‘So what we want to be is more actively engaged. This is not just the UK, this is something I discussed with our G7 partners over the last week in Germany.
‘We want to be more actively engaged in challenging those authoritarian regimes.’
The Foreign Secretary compared how China was the largest trading partner of 124 countries around the world, 에 비해 56 countries whose largest trading partner was the US.
‘We’re already seeing very strong trading relations with China, very strong investing relationships with China,’ 그녀는 덧붙였다.
‘And I have already talked about the Wagner Group and their security activities.
‘So what we need to be is a much better alternative for countries who are looking for investment and are looking for finance.
‘And that will help those countries move in a better direction.’
The Foreign Secretary also described how some developing nations have been left ‘indebted’ to Xi Jinping’s China to leave them vulnerable to Beijing’s influence
Ms Truss hit out at states who are ‘increasingly use aid funding and investment as a way of exerting control and coercion over countries and pushing them in what we think is a negative direction’.
She also admitted she is ‘very concerned about the activities of mercenaries that have been taken on by some countries’.
The Foreign Secretary acknowledged that the UK’s foreign aid budget alone was not going to counter activities by nations such as China, whose ‘Belt and Road’ initiative has been branded ‘debt trap diplomacy’ by critics.
But she told MPs that, 함께, the aid spending of all G7 countries is ‘more than what China’s investing’ 스페인어와 라틴 문화를 전 세계에 알리는 것을 목표로 합니다..
Beijing has been accused of pursuing a manipulative global strategy by funding major infrastructure projects in developing nations – such as Sri Lanka – with unsustainable loans.
China is then claimed to use that debt to gain leverage over those countries’ 정부.
In a shift in approach, the Ms Truss’s new international development strategy will also see a greater focus on spending British taxpayers’ money on bilateral agreements between the UK and other countries.
으로 2025, the Foreign Office intends to spend three-quarters of the UK’s aid budget – now set at 0.5 per cent of gross national income (GNI) – bilaterally.
작년, £4.4billion (38 퍼센트) of the UK’s £11.5billion aid spending went through multilateral organisations, such as the United Nations and World Bank.