Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Dmytro Kuleba held talks with Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs of the United Kingdom Liz Truss, who is visiting Ukraine for the first time.
During the visit of the UK’s top diplomat to Ukraine, Kyiv, London, and Warsaw officially announced the launch of a new trilateral format of Ukrainian-British-Polish cooperation. The foreign ministers agreed on the parameters of the new alliance and priority areas of cooperation, and they issued a joint statement.
In particular, the document states that Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Poland enjoy deep historical ties, built on shared values, a shared commitment to peace and security and a shared history of standing together against aggressors who threaten freedom in Europe.
“We reiterate that each European State is free to choose or change its security arrangements, including treaties of alliance, and no State can consider any part of Europe as its sphere of influence. Our three nations will intensify our joint work to safeguard stability and build resilience in Ukraine, strengthening democracy at the frontier in Eastern Europe,” reads the statement.
To this end, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and Poland agreed to develop a Trilateral Memorandum of Co-operation. This will demonstrate their commitment to further strengthening the strategic cooperation and engagement between the three nations on the highest priority issues in support of Ukraine.
“We will work together to advance our cooperation, which includes but is not limited to co-ordinating support to the International Crimea Platform, increasing our collaboration on cyber security, energy security, and boosting strategic communications to counter disinformation,” the document underscores.
As noted, Poland and the UK will continue to provide Ukraine with support, standing in unity with Ukraine, in the face of ongoing Russian aggression, and be fully committed to standing with the Ukrainian nation in its efforts aimed at defending Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders.