The foreign secretary, David Cameron, met the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, during a trip to Kyiv, pledging continued military support and a refocus on Ukraine as conflict continues in the Middle East.
In a video posted by the Ukrainian president on X, Cameron said:
What I want to say by being here is we will continue to give you the moral support, the diplomatic support, the economic support, but above all the military support that you need, not just this year, and next year, but however long it takes.”
With mention to previous disagreements with his “friend”, the former prime minister Boris Johnson Cameron said Johnson’s support for Ukraine was the “finest thing”, adding that Thursday’s meeting was important to “make sure the attention is here”.
David Cameron meeting the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photograph: PA
“Now you know the world is not focused on the situation on our battlefield in Ukraine and it’s dividing focus really doesn’t help, and we are thankful that you always supported Ukraine,” said Zelenskiy.
Cameron’s Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, said their talks “proved” the two nations are determined to work together “toward victory”.
The UK remains steadfast in providing Ukraine with weapons, increasing their co-production, and ridding the Black Sea of Russian threats,” Kuleba wrote on X.
The foreign secretary, David Cameron (third from right), meeting the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy (third from left), in Kyiv, Ukraine. Photograph: PA
The Ukrainian statements did not say when the talks took place. Strict security measures in place because of the war mean details of visits by foreign dignitaries are sometimes released only some time after they have happened.