UK Prime Minister Keir Starmer Reaffirms Unwavering Support for Ukraine in Call with President Zelenskiy

A spokesperson from Starmer's office emphasized that it was important for the new prime minister to reaffirm the UK's steadfast commitment to Ukraine on his first day in office.

New British Prime Minister Keir Starmer assured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy that the UK would continue its support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.

The Ukrainian leader expressed gratitude for this unwavering stance.

A spokesperson from Starmer’s office emphasized that it was important for the new prime minister to reaffirm the UK’s steadfast commitment to Ukraine on his first day in office.

“He added that the change of government in the UK would make no difference to the UK’s support for Ukraine and that the UK would continue supplying the defensive support Ukraine needed in the face of Russian aggression,” the statement read.

On the Telegram messaging app, Zelenskiy shared that he had wished Starmer success in meeting the expectations of the British people.

“I am grateful to Keir Starmer for his assurances that Britain’s support for Ukraine will remain unchanged in principle,” Zelenskiy wrote.

He also mentioned that they had “coordinated our positions” ahead of the upcoming NATO summit, where Ukraine hopes to receive guidance on securing membership in the alliance.

A senior U.S. official indicated that NATO allies plan to introduce a “bridge to membership” plan for Ukraine and announce measures to strengthen Kyiv’s air defenses at the summit in Washington.

Additionally, the Downing Street spokesperson confirmed that Starmer and Zelenskiy discussed both the NATO summit and the European Political Community Summit later this month. Starmer expressed a desire to meet with the Ukrainian leader soon.

Zelenskiy highlighted the anticipation of working on a long-term agreement between their countries.

He also conveyed his eagerness to address security issues in a message on social media platform X.

“Ukraine and the United Kingdom have been and will continue to be reliable allies through thick and thin. We will continue to defend and advance our common values of life, freedom, and a rules-based international order,” he wrote.

In his message, Zelenskiy also thanked outgoing Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for his steadfast support.