About this reported the new Minister of Defense of Great Britain, Grant Shapps, in an interview with the Telegraph.
According to him, he recently held negotiations with the leadership of the army to transfer the official training program of the Ukrainian military under the leadership of Great Britain directly to Ukraine, so as not to rely on British bases or bases of NATO members.
He also called on more British defense firms to open factories in Ukraine.
“I think there’s an opportunity now to bring more things to Ukraine — not just training, we’re also seeing BAE, for example, starting production there. I’d really like to see other British companies do their part as well. So, I think we will take a step to start training and production in Ukraine,” said Shapps.
After a trip to Kyiv on September 28, Mr Shapps also said he had spoken to President Volodymyr Zelensky about how the UK Navy could help protect commercial vessels from Russian attacks in the Black Sea.
“It is important that we do not allow it to be established by default that somehow international shipping in these waters is prohibited,” the British Defense Minister emphasized.
The publication notes that more than 20,000 Ukrainian servicemen have already undergone basic military training in Great Britain as part of the INTERFLEX operation.
But NATO members, including Great Britain, have so far avoided sending their troops to Ukraine because of the risk that they could come under fire from Russia.
In addition, the deployment of British troops in Ukraine or the provision of naval support in the Black Sea would mean a significant increase in the participation of Great Britain in this war, according to the Telegraph.
But Shapps’ statement appears to mark a change in the government’s approach to the public debate over the deployment of personnel to Ukraine.
- It will be recalled that on June 28, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi and Minister of Defense of Ukraine Rustem Umyerov held a meeting with the newly appointed Secretary of State for Defense of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland Grant Shapps.
- At the same time, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhnyi met with the Chief of the Defense Staff of Great Britain, Admiral Sir Radakin.