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Ukraine signs security agreement with UK

Ukraine signs security agreement with UK Photo: Rishi Sunak and Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine)

On January 12, Ukraine signed a security agreement with the United Kingdom, according to Suspilne and The Guardian.

President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed the security agreement with the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak.

Details of UK-Ukraine security agreement

Earlier on Downing Street, it was announced that the Prime Minister and President Zelenskyy would sign a historic agreement between the United Kingdom and Ukraine on security cooperation.

The G7 countries agreed to provide bilateral security guarantees to Ukraine at the NATO summit in Vilnius last year. The United Kingdom is the first country to finalize such an agreement. This agreement is intended to be the first step in the development of an enduring century-long partnership between Ukraine and the UK.

The security agreement between the UK and Ukraine formalizes the support that the UK has provided and will continue to provide to Ukraine's security. This includes intelligence sharing, cybersecurity, medical and military training, as well as defense-industrial cooperation.

Duration of agreement

The Guardian reports that the agreement will remain in effect until Ukraine joins NATO.

Security guarantees for Ukraine

Recalling that in early July of last year, the G7 countries approved a declaration promising security guarantees to Ukraine, with over 30 countries already joining. President Zelenskyy designated participants in the delegation for security guarantees for Ukraine, including the Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Kyrylo Budanov, and the head of the Foreign Intelligence Service, Oleksandr Lytvynenko.

Sunak's visit to Kyiv

Today, on January 12, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in Kyiv. He emphasized that the purpose of his visit is to demonstrate that support for Ukraine will not weaken. The Prime Minister also assured that Britain will stand with Ukrainians for as long as needed.

It is expected that during his visit, the Prime Minister will announce a new package of military aid to Ukraine.