The Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has announced that the government are to send hundreds of more troops to Poland.
This comes as Russia is continuing to build up their military on the border with the Ukraine and also in Belarus which borders Poland.
Diplomatic efforts will continue this week as Wallace and the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss are going to head to Moscow this week.
The former Cabinet Minister Robert Jenrick has questioned whether the trip would play into Vladimir Putin’s hands.
Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s The Westminster Hour programme, Jenrick said, “I’m not sure it is actually wise to go to Moscow.”
He added, “I think that honours Vladimir Putin and plays into his hand… I just question the good sense of going to Moscow and honouring Vladimir Putin at a time when he is so aggressive towards Ukraine.
“I’m not sure that’s wise.”
Speaking of the deployment of 350 British troops will “show that we can work together and send a strong signal that Britain and Poland stand side by side.”
Russian was warned not to make a “foolish mistake” of invading Ukraine as there will be severe sanctions and “more Nato – the very things that President Putin says he doesn’t want.”
The British Defence Secretary denied that NATO is trying to use “divide and rule” tactics against the Kremlin.
“NATO is a defensive alliance. It poses no threat to Russia. It is a self-defence mechanism amongst our allies.
“That is what it is there for. No one wants to divide and rule Russia,” he said.
Speaking through a translator, the Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said, “I’m very grateful to Ben (Wallace) for this quick response and I am very grateful also to the Government of the United Kingdom for supporting Poland during this attack by the Lukashenko regime on Poland, this hybrid attack, and those soldiers will indeed support our army as well.”
Blaszczak added, “Today, we are facing another challenge, the Russian aggressive policy towards Ukraine and as part of Nato, but also on a bilateral level, Poland and the United Kingdom are ready to do all the necessary decisions in order to deter the potential aggressor.
“Based on historical experience, we see that only a decisive deterrence policy can stop any potential Russian aggression and, based on the very same history, we do see that the policy of appeasement only encourages the potential enemy to do something.”