In the House of Commons, Michael Fabricant questioned the Prime Minister (22nd May) on the G7’s long term military commitment to Ukraine and questioned whether India was fully committed to defending against Russian aggression while praising the commitment of the British Government and Keir Starmer.
Michael asked: “As the Prime Minister knows, it is Putin’s wish and Ukraine’s fear that the conflict goes long and battle fatigue will set in. The Prime Minister has been very clear, as has the Leader of the Opposition, that we will give that long-term military support.
“But what was his assessment of his colleagues whom he met at the G7, and particularly countries like India, which haven’t always shown full commitment to the struggle in Ukraine?”
Rishi Sunak answered: “The session with partner countries that had been invited, including India, Brazil, Australia and others, was very good in confirming support for a just and durable peace in Ukraine.
“With regard to his first point – he makes an excellent observation. That is why we have been working hard with other countries to put in place bilateral and multilateral long-term security arrangements, which is something I have long discussed with President Zelenskyy and have spoken to other leaders about.
“My belief is that if we can put some kind of long-term, multilateral security arrangement in place as soon as possible, it will show to President Putin that we are not going away, and that there is no point in trying to wait us out, because Ukraine will get long-term support to defend itself; not just last year and this year and next year, but for years to come. That is an important thing for us to do, and he can be rest assured that I will continue having those conversations and pushing that point with our allies all the way in the run-up to the Vilnius Summit.”