Liz Truss made the remark forward of launching an replace to the built-in evaluate of defence and overseas coverage to counteract the specter of authoritarian regimes similar to Russia and China.
Ms Truss was additionally doubling down on her marketing campaign path dedication to extend defence spending to three% of UK GDP by the top of the last decade.
She was utilizing her first overseas journey as Prime Minister to rally United Nations allies in New York to maintain up the stress on Russia.
Requested by reporters travelling along with her if there was a manner for Mr Putin to rejoin the worldwide neighborhood, she mentioned: “First Russia wants to go away Ukraine.
“And we have to be sure that there may be correct recompense for what has occurred in Ukraine and we want to verify Russia isn’t once more capable of threaten nations on its border.”
She later elaborated in an interview with Channel 5 Information that she believes Moscow ought to be “contributing to rebuilding” Ukraine, stating Russia’s “huge oil and gasoline reserves”.
It was unclear whether or not she meant Russia ought to depart all of Ukraine’s internationally recognised land, or whether or not she was exempting Crimea, which Mr Putin annexed in 2014.
In the meantime, Ms Truss instructed particular adviser Professor John Bew to steer an replace into the built-in defence evaluate revealed in March final 12 months.
To be revealed by the top of the 12 months, Downing Avenue mentioned it could make sure the UK can “stand agency in opposition to coercion from authoritarian powers like Russia and China”.
She is going to use a speech to the United Nation’s Basic Meeting on Wednesday to pledge to outline a “new period” of “hope and progress”.
“It is a decisive second in British historical past, within the historical past of this organisation, and within the historical past of freedom,” she is anticipated to say.
“The story of 2022 might have been that of an authoritarian state rolling its tanks over the border of a peaceable neighbour and subjugating its individuals.
“As a substitute, it’s the story of freedom combating again. However this should not be a one-off. Britain’s dedication to that is complete.
“Along with our associates and allies around the globe, we are going to proceed to champion freedom, sovereignty and democracy.”
However she may even carry up her home tax plans, saying: “We wish individuals to maintain extra of the cash they earn, as a result of we consider that freedom trumps instruction.”
In the course of the journey, Ms Truss will pledge that the UK will subsequent 12 months match or exceed the £2.3 billion in navy support to Ukraine given in 2022.
No 10 mentioned she would reiterate the Nato spending dedication for 2030, which the Royal United Companies Institute assume tank mentioned would value an additional £157 billion.
Ms Truss met Ukrainian first girl Olena Zelenska and prime minister Denys Shmyal to tour an exhibition titled “Russian Warcrimes” on the Ukrainian Institute of America on Tuesday night.
The Prime Minister shook her head in despair as she witnessed pictures together with lifeless kids on hospital gurneys and a closely pregnant girl injured within the shelling of a Mariupol hospital.
“These are the kind of crimes we thought had been consigned to historical past,” Ms Truss mentioned.