Ukraine’s rightful place is in Nato, says Sunak

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Ukraine’s “rightful place” is in Nato, Rishi Sunak has said.

The Prime Minister is in Moldova for a gathering of European leaders, with his comments coming after a meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky.

Kyiv has long called for Ukraine to be admitted to Nato, but allies are divided about when and how any accession might happen as the war with Russia continues.

Mr Sunak, speaking to broadcasters at the European Political Community summit, gave little further detail of the UK position on the Ukrainian path to membership.

The gathering, on the border of Ukraine, comes ahead of a key meeting of Nato leaders in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July.

Rishi Sunak visit to Moldova
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak during a bilateral meeting with the Ukrainian president during the European Political Community summit (Carl Court/PA)

He said he was “proud” of the UK’s record in supporting Ukraine, adding: “We want to make sure we put in place security arrangements for Ukraine for the long term, so we send a very strong signal to Vladimir Putin that we are not going anywhere, we are here to stay and we will continue backing Ukraine – not just now, but for years into the future.”

The UK has been among the most vocal backers of Ukrainian requests for support in the face of the Russian assault since last year’s invasion.

Mr Sunak, in a tweet, said it was “always a privilege” to meet Mr Zelensky.

He wrote: “We’re working with international partners to ensure Ukraine has the combat air capability needed to repel ongoing Russian aggression.”

The Government has also offered support to Moldova, amid ongoing tensions with Moscow.

“As the first British Prime Minister to visit Moldova, I’m pleased to announce new support to aid them in the face of Russian aggression,” Mr Sunak tweeted on Thursday.

“Moldova is not alone.”

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