Rishi Sunak promises at his meeting with President Zelenskyy that Britain’s support for Ukraine will “never let up”.
Britain’s support for Ukraine will “never let up,” Rishi Sunak promised last night as President Zelenskyy landed in Japan at a historic G7 summit.
The Ukrainian hero declared that “peace will come closer today” as he drew ever closer to other nations surrendering their F-16s to help the Russians in battle.
This came after America finally agreed that other nations would send their fighter jets to war if they chose to.
US troops will also train Kiev’s pilots on how to use the jets, America announced yesterday.
Zelenskyy had a tense meeting with India’s Prime Minister Modi last night and was today scheduled to address other nations, including Brazil – to persuade them to join the West’s alliance against Russia.
However, Russia warned that countries would be taking “enormous risks” if they supplied their war machines to Ukraine, state media reported.
The prime minister praised Zelenskyy’s “powerful” performance as the world’s richest nations united against Putin.
Mr Sunak said last night: “The G7 was once the G8 – Russia was expelled in 2014 for illegally annexing Crimea and flagrantly violating human rights and the rule of law.”
“Nine years later, it is an incredibly powerful message to have my friend and President of Ukraine Zelenskyj with us in Hiroshima today.
“It shows the world that the G7 stand with the Ukrainian people in the face of a terrible onslaught.
“And it shows that brute force and oppression will not triumph over liberty and sovereignty.”
“From providing Challenger tanks to long-range missiles and pilot training, UK support for Ukraine’s defense will never falter.
“I am pleased that the G7 have agreed on the importance of providing President Zelenskyy with the advanced military equipment he needs to win this war and thrive as a free and democratic nation.”
Before a face-to-face meeting, the two were embraced again as the Prime Minister announced, “You did it!”
When asked if it was a good day, the President of Ukraine smiled, nodded and said “thank you”.
Meanwhile, it emerged that Mr. Sunak himself had pitched the idea of attending the summit to President Zelenskyy more than a month ago – and the move was welcomed by the Ukrainian leader and other world leaders.
Mr Sunak pledged that “brute force and repression will not triumph over freedom and sovereignty” and the G7 stood united with the war-torn nation.
He said: “From providing Challenger tanks to long-range missiles and pilot training, Britain’s support for Ukraine’s defense will never falter.”
Mr Zelenskyi tweeted: “Japan. G7 Important meetings with partners and friends of Ukraine. Security and increased cooperation for our victory. Peace will come closer today.”
It is the furthest visit Zelenskyy has made since Russia invaded 15 months ago – and follows a series of visits to Britain, France and Germany over the past week.
Mr Sunak also held another one-on-one meeting with French President Macron, during which the two discussed further action to stop small boats.
For the first time since 2017, the most recent communiqué of the G7 referred to the impact of migration on the G7 countries.