Grant Shapps has been British Defense Secretary since the end of August. During his inaugural visit to Kiev, he promised Ukraine further support in the war against Russia.
The new British Defense Secretary Grant Shapps has pledged further support for Ukraine during his inaugural visit to President Volodymyr Zelensky. “We will work tirelessly to bring our partners together to help Ukraine crush Putin’s illegal invasion,” Shapps wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Thursday.
According to the presidential office in Kiev, Zelensky particularly emphasized the importance of strengthening air defense. He said this was particularly necessary in view of possible new Russian air strikes against the country’s energy infrastructure in the winter.
Visit planned by France’s defense minister
Shapps said that Ukraine was liberating its occupied territories and that Britain was helping. He is in Kiev to find out what else is necessary for victory. According to Paris media, France’s Defense Minister Sébastien Lecornu also wants to travel to Kiev today to meet his colleague Rustem Umjerow. He will be accompanied by industrialists from the defense sector.
A meeting of representatives of the defense industry is planned in Kiev. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba wrote on X of at least 165 defense companies from 26 countries scheduled to take part in the event. Ukraine wants to become one of the world’s leading weapons manufacturers.
Great Britain is one of Ukraine’s most important supporters in the fight against Russia’s war of aggression. In addition to military aid packages, tens of thousands of Ukrainian soldiers have now been trained in Great Britain since the war began in February 2022. Grant Shapps was appointed as the new Defense Secretary at the end of August.
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