Liz Truss and Ursula von der Leyen issue rare joint statement as Brexit sidelined in talks
Liz Truss and Ursula von der Leyen held a meeting at the UN in New York.
16:19, Wed, Sep 21, 2022 | UPDATED: 17:15, Wed, Sep 21, 2022
Liz Truss arrives at UN General Assembly ahead of speech
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Liz Truss and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen put Brexit talks to one side today as they urgently discussed Vladimir Putin’s escalating rhetoric of war. The two leaders met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
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It is the first time Ms Truss and Ms von der Leyen have met since the UK politician took over from Boris Johnson as Prime Minister.
Frictions over the Northern Ireland Protocol, which have dominated the relationship between the UK and EU post-Brexit, were planned to be high on the agenda.
However, a read-out on the meeting made only a fleeting reference to the row as both leaders vowed to work together on tackling Russian aggression.
Earlier today President Putin gave a TV address in which he ordered Russia’s first mobilisation since World War Two.