Responding to Nicola Sturgeon's Associated Press interview in which she said that the war in Ukraine only makes Scotland's drive for independence from the U.K. more important, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton said:
"Nothing, literally nothing about the devastation of the sovereign nation of Ukraine has anything to do with Nicola Sturgeon’s narrow separatist agenda to break up the UK. To pretend otherwise is an insult to those brave Ukrainian men and women fighting for their lives.
"It's not clear why splitting one of Ukraine's strongest allies in two would help the world in the slightest. If anything it would have Putin clapping in delight.
"By splitting apart, both Scotland and the rest of the UK would be poorer and less effective on the international stage. That's not what I want for my country.
"The world is a dangerous place. We should be focused on forging new partnerships, not breaking apart."