The Ukrainian President thanks British PM Rishi Sunak for “everything UK has done” during talks over assistance against Russia.
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived at Chequers, the official country residence of the UK prime minister, for talks with Rishi Sunak over the UK’s military assistance in the war against Vladimir Putin.
The UK has already given £4.6 Billion of military assistance, including 14 tanks, 120 armoured vehicles, four search and rescue helicopters, and 5,000 anti-tank weapons.
President Zelensky started proceedings by thanking Sunak for his country’s support: “Your support is already a lot for us, you did a lot – you, your government and His Majesty the King, and of course your people, your society,”
The Ukrainian President is looking to continue the gathered support of world leaders against Russia as the was continues.
UK trade minister Nigel Huddleston said on LBC: “We’ve got a strong partnership with Ukraine and President Zelensky in particular, and this is all part of building that continuing relationship,”
“To be honest we’re continually providing more, whether that’s military aid and support, and of course that does come at considerable cost to UK taxpayers – but we believe it’s worth it, because we support our friends and allies in need.”
Chair of the defence select committee Tobias Ellwood told the BBC: “Frankly, this should be NATO’s mission and it’s not,”
“And yet here we have almost like a bidding war between different nations to say `I’m going to send this, I’m going to send that’ and then finally others then follow suit.
“If we’re committed to supporting Ukraine this needs to be a collective agenda,”
Downing Street says that Sunak plans to convince other world leaders to back Ukraine at two political summits in the coming days.
“The Prime Minister said he would use his meetings with world leaders over the coming days at the Council of Europe and G7 Summits to stress the importance of sustaining global support for Ukraine at this pivotal time.”
“The Prime Minister reiterated that the UK will continue its support to ensure Ukraine secures a just and lasting peace.”
In a press conference last month, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said:
“Let me be clear, Ukraine’s rightful place is in the Euro-Atlantic family,”
“Ukraine’s rightful place is in NATO.”