London, 7 September 2022 (TDI): The newly elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Liz Truss, held a conversation with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine on a call on Tuesday.

She reiterated Britain’s steadfast support for Ukraine’s democracy and freedom in her first call with a foreign leader as the Prime Minister of the UK.

President of UK accepts the invitation to visit Ukraine

Liz Truss confirmed support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia and accepted an invitation to visit Ukraine. The Prime Minister welcomed the opportunity to collaborate with the President in the coming days and expressed pleasure at accepting the invitation to soon visit Ukraine.

During the conversation, the leaders condemned Putin’s efforts to weaponize energy. The Prime Minister stressed that the West must not be deterred by Russia’s blackmail in its efforts to ensure Putin’s defeat.

Moreover, she also emphasized that it is important for the UK and its allies to make progress toward energy independence.

Zelensky invited Truss to Ukraine to coordinate further pressure on Russia. He also expressed gratitude to the British people for their assistance with economic and defense matters. He stated that it’s important that Britain is ready to further strengthen these ties.

United Kingdom and Ukraine bilateral relations

Since the independence of Ukraine in 1991, ties between the two countries have been extremely strong. UK and Ukraine have cooperated in different sectors over the years including political, military, social, and economic realms.

The Treaty Legal Framework of Ukrainian-British Bilateral Relations consists of more than 30 treaties. Within the main spheres of bilateral cooperation, the current bilateral agreements establish a broad political and legal foundation for the development of Ukrainian-British ties.

The UK has the eighth-largest Ukrainian immigrant community in Europe. One of the strongest foreign supporters of Ukraine in the conflict with Russia has been UK, which has sent thousands of missiles, armored battle vehicles, and nearly 7,000 anti-tank weaponry.

The UK provided Ukraine with £1.5 billion in humanitarian aid and economic assistance since the Russian intervention.  The UK is also supporting Ukraine militarily and giving training to Ukrainian soldiers.

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