The defense ministers of Ukraine, Oleksiy Reznikov and the United Kingdom, Ben Wallace, stressed in a joint statement that the governments of both countries “do not wish to surround or weaken the Russian Federation strategically in any way.” They also stressed that they were concerned about the gathering of Russian troops near Ukraine’s borders.
“Ukraine and the United Kingdom are strategic partners in the field of security and defense,” said a statement released on Wednesday following Tuesday’s ministerial meeting in Kiev. The document reminds that an intergovernmental agreement was signed last week in London, which is a further stage of the implementation of joint projects devoted to strengthening the Ukrainian navy.
“Our governments do not want to be hostile, nor do they want to strategically surround or weaken the Russian Federation in any way. We are concerned about the accumulation of troops and Russia’s activity along the borders of Ukraine,” the statement said.
It added that London stands “side by side with the Ukrainian people and will maintain its unwavering dedication to their support.”
Arms sales talks
Earlier, The Times reported that the British government was in talks with Ukraine to sell its weapons, which would be the first such transaction between these countries. According to the newspaper, this is primarily about Brimstone missiles. In turn, on Sunday, the Daily Mirror revealed that a task force of the British armed forces of up to 600 soldiers is ready to be deployed to Ukraine amid concerns that Russian troops gathering near the border are planning an invasion of the country.
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