Sunak: Britain will remain NATO’s “cornerstone”

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak stressed on Tuesday that the UK will continue to play a pivotal role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for generations to come, ahead of its Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s visit.

The NATO Secretary General will be the first international official to meet Sunak in Downing Street since he entered in upload last month.

A government statement says the talks, which will take place on Wednesday, will focus on UK support for Ukraine following the start of the Russian offensive on its territory in February and on the future of the alliance.

“With the war in course in Ukraine, we must not take it for granted pace in our country, “Sunak said in the statement.

Sunak stressed that “the UK will be NATO’s cornerstone for generations to come”.

“But to meet the challenges of the future, we must evolve as an alliance to meet and anticipate the challenge posed by our adversaries,” added Sunak.

For its part, NATO has announced that Stoltenberg will also meet with British Foreign Minister James Cleverly.

Stoltenberg will meet Sonak after inspecting a military facility where the British army trains Ukrainian soldiers.

Britain offered to train a total of 19,000 Ukrainian recruits to acquire basic combat skills, including marksmanship, use of weapons, street and trench warfare, and first aid.

On Tuesday, Sunak announced that the UK would provide Ukrainian soldiers with additional equipment to help them get through the harsh winter, including more than 25,000 set of clothing for the cold, 12,000 sleeping backpacks and 150 heated tents.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who had close ties to former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, was one of Sunak’s first contacts to contact after his inauguration. Sunak assured him of Britain’s “firm” support and solidarity with Ukraine.

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