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World Stage: Ukraine with Dame Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States

British Ambassador to the United States Dame Karen Pierce joins Washington Post Live on Thursday, Feb. 24 (Video: The Washington Post)

Russia has launched a large-scale invasion by land, by sea and by air in Ukraine. NATO countries are widely condemning President Putin’s aggressive military moves to redraw the security map of Europe. Dame Karen Pierce, British Ambassador to the United States, joins Washington Post Live to discuss the invasion, her country’s response and the options available to NATO to combat this aggression.

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Highlights

“We have targeted five Russian banks that we also know provide money to Crimea and other parts of the Russian war machine.” - Karen Pierce (Video: Washington Post Live)
“I worry very much about the Balkan countries where there is already Russian meddling, and I worry about the Baltic countries in this respect. The ‘Balts’ of course are part of NATO and an article five guarantee would apply if Russia tried to attack them… But I think Russian meddling in the Balkans is something we can’t afford to take our eye off at the moment.”– Karen Pierce (Video: Washington Post Live)
“The Russian attack continues… in the north, the east and the south of Ukraine. Our information is that there is Ukrainian resistance, quite strong Ukrainian resistance, and the Russian attack might not be moving as quickly as the Russians had hoped… We’ve been very struck by the resolve of the Ukrainian people.” – Karen Pierce (Video: Washington Post Live)
“We’ve seen over the past decades, there has been a hardening of President Putin’s dislike of the West… and not just compete with the West, but to actually overturn Western values. He and foreign minister Lavrov are fond of saying, ‘It’s the end of the West.’… He does have this visceral sense about where Ukraine fits into Russia’s security. It’s not a sense shared by the Ukrainian people or the government that they democratically elected.” – Karen Pierce (Video: Washington Post Live)

Dame Karen Pierce

British Ambassador to the United States


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