Britain’s vital role in providing weapons to Ukraine to fight against Russia is to continue, even after Boris Johnson leaves his position as prime minister, UK’s ambassador to NATO has revealed. This revelation comes after growing concerns in Kyiv about how the replacement may potentially fail to match Johnson’s efforts to support the war.
Since the very start of the invasion, Boris Johnson has been extremely vocal about his support for Ukraine, and this became one of his key features in his premiership this year. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky understands the news of the British PM’s decision to resign, which he described as “sadness.”
The UK’s representative to Nato, David Quarrey said “We have played a very significant, leading role in Ukraine. We will continue doing so,” said “Obviously, I cannot speak for decisions that ministers will make in the future, but it seems that there is very broad support at home for the role that we have played and indeed are continuing to play,” Quarrey told the Financial Times. “It hasn’t just started. And I don’t think it is just about to end.”
Currently, there are up to eleven contenders who are running to replace Johnson after he resigned from his position last Thursday. The contest is expected to take up to two months. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace is also vocal about his strong support for Ukraine – however he has no plans to run the race to replace Johnson.
Last month, Britain stated that they would provide another £1 billion worth of unmanned aerial vehicles, air defence systems and other critical weapons for Ukraine. This means that Britain has collectively spent £2.3 billion in military support for Kyiv since Russian president, Vladimir Putin illegally invaded the country. Top sources in London have revealed that Britain is spending the most amount of money to aid Ukraine after the United States.
“The most important thing in all of this is that we give the Ukrainians the capabilities they need to defend their country,” said Quarrey, who took up his position as UK’s ambassador to NATO in April after being an advisor for Johnson on international affairs since 2019. “And we will continue increasing our support, I’m sure, to help them continue doing so . . . in this fight.”
President Zelensky has continued to emphasize the need for the continuation of supplies of western weapons to defend his country against Russian aggression and attempts to take back control of captured territory. During a conference last week, he said Western weapons are “working powerfully” against Russia on the front lines.
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