Munich (Germany), 18 Feb. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Monday urged Western allies to equip Ukraine’s military with “advanced capabilities” that would allow it to operate to “NATO standards” to deal with the Russian invasion.

“Now is the time to redouble our military support,” the head of government told the Munich security conference, which argued last week that the United Kingdom would train Ukrainian pilots in the management of planes. fight.

Sunak called for the approval at the next Atlantic Alliance summit in Vilnius in July of a “new NATO charter” that would guarantee kyiv’s long-term defense.

“We are working with our allies to provide Ukraine with the most advanced air defense systems and develop the air force they need to defend their nation,” Sunak said.

The UK “stands ready to help any country that decides to deliver aircraft that Ukraine can currently use, but we also need to train Ukrainian pilots to use the most advanced fighters,” he said.

In the short term, kyiv needs “artillery and armored vehicles” as well as the means to “shield its cities from Russian bombs and Iranian drones”.

“That’s why we will be the first country to supply Ukraine with long-range weapons,” Sunak said, pointing out that “post-Cold War treaties and agreements failed” to prevent Russian invasion .

Ukraine “will become a member of NATO” in the future, underlined the British president, but “in the meantime, there is still a lot to be done to strengthen its long-term security”.

The UK “will bring friends and allies together ahead of the NATO summit in Vilnius to start developing these safeguards”, said Sunak, for whom “the aim should be to forge a new NATO charter to help protect Ukraine from future Russian aggression”. EFE


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