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Ukraine-Britain agreement guarantees only consultation within 24 hours — political expert Taran

16 January, 2024 Tuesday
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Political analyst Serhiy Taran noted that the security agreement between the UK and Ukraine lacks specifics

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He expressed this opinion in the Verdict with Serhiy Rudenko program on Espreso TV channel.

"In world politics, international agreements work when both parties are interested in it. Security agreements can only be implemented when two countries have a common defense system, headquarters, armies, infrastructure, and production. When one party promises something, like the UK to Ukraine, it is not exactly a security guarantee. This agreement may or may not be realized. The agreement between Ukraine and the UK says nothing about joint infrastructure, joint headquarters, military production, in which both sides would be interested on equal terms," Taran explained.

The political scientist emphasized that the security agreement between the UK and Ukraine lacks any specifics.

"This agreement should contain specific things that guarantee something. So that there would be something to ask about later. The only figure that is guaranteed and provided for in this agreement is that in the event of a new war, Ukraine will have the right to contact the British government within 24 hours and develop further steps. That's all the specifics, it's a very general agreement," Taran added.

Rishi Sunak's visit to Ukraine

On January 12, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak arrived in Kyiv on a working visit. Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Sunak signed the Agreement on Security Cooperation between Ukraine and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Sunak also announced the largest package of defense aid to Ukraine since the beginning of the war, amounting to 2.5 billion pounds. It includes additional air defense equipment, anti-tank weapons, long-range missiles, and thousands of shells. The aid will also include training for thousands more Ukrainian soldiers.

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