Kyiv, Jan 12 (EFE).- Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak signed an “unprecedented security agreement” on Friday, aimed at bolstering Ukraine’s long-term security.
“Today marks a watershed moment in European history. Ukraine and the United Kingdom signed a new, unprecedented security agreement,” Zelenskyy said in a brief statement after signing the treaty in Kyiv.
The Ukrainian leader emphasized that the agreement represents more than a mere declaration, characterizing it as a collaborative effort that includes security commitments from a “major global power, the United Kingdom.”
“If the UK and other countries had provided such a level of guarantees after 1991 (the year Ukraine declared independence from the USSR), there would have been no Russian aggression at all,” he insisted.
“Our common goal is to ensure that an attack on Ukraine will never happen again once the current Russian aggression has been halted and Ukraine strengthened,” Zelenskyy added.
The British government, in a statement, said that the agreement commits Britain to providing “swift and sustained” assistance for Ukraine’s defense.
“The UK-Ukraine Agreement on Security Cooperation formalizes a range of support the UK has been and will continue to provide for Ukraine’s security, including intelligence sharing, cybersecurity, medical and military training, and defense industrial cooperation,” it added.
During his visit, Prime Minister Sunak reiterated Britain’s enduring commitment to Ukraine’s security sector.
“I am in Ukraine to deliver a simple message. Our support cannot and will not falter. To all Ukrainians, Britain is with you – for as long as it takes,” he said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
Sunak also announced a new military aid package of £2.5 billion ($3.19 billion) for Ukraine in the fiscal year 2024/25, marking the UK’s largest single defense support to the country since Russia’s invasion in February 2022.
The funding will be spent to ensure Ukraine’s “victory on the battlefield”, focusing on critical areas such as long-range missiles, air defense, artillery ammunition and maritime security, according to Sunak’s press office.
“This includes the production of thousands of military drones, allowing the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine to continue to protect Ukrainians and repel Russian invaders,” it added. EFE