British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said Wednesday “nothing is off the table ”in terms of military aid for Ukraine, as President Volodymyr Zelensky stepped up his demands for help ahead of talks with EU leaders.
Fighter jets for Ukraine were “part of the discussion”, Sunak told a combined news conference with Zelensky, who verified he’d be joining an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.
After addresses in London and a milestone speech by Zelensky to the UK parliament, the two leaders inspected Ukrainian fighters undergoing training in southwest England to operate British Challenger 2 tanks.
Thanking Sunak for the UK help, Zelensky appealed also for long-range projectiles ahead of the EU summit.
He said that unless Ukraine gets fighter jets, or additional projectiles and additional ammunition, there will be slowdown.
These people (Russians) will come and be living on our territory, and this will pose great dangers for all of the world, ” Zelensky said through a translator.
Sunak on Wednesday offered to train Ukrainian fighter pilots and marines, on top of an subsisting UK programme that has prepared 10,000 military for battle.
But he indicated that the pilot training programme could take three years, and noted that Britain would need clearance from its allies to offer common-production aeroplanes similar as the Typhoon.
Smiling, Zelensky answered that any Ukrainian pilots dispatched West would already have trained for two and a half times.