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GUARDIAN: UK willing to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons, says president's aide

President Zelenskyy's chief of staff Andriy Yermak says current unrest in Belarus means his country needs to strengthen defences

Patrick Wintour
Thursday, 15 October 2020 21:44

The UK is willing to provide a large lethal weapons contract to Ukraine and a £1bn loan to help Ukraine’s navy build new ships capable of use in the Black Sea, according to a senior aide to the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Andriy Yermak, the head of office to Zelenksiy also warned that the suppression of post-election unrest in neighbouring Belarus posed a potential direct threat to Ukraine, and said his country was seeking assurances from the European Union and the UK about helping to safeguard its security.

An EU or Nato centre to combat Russian disinformation and counter propaganda based in Ukraine was also being proposed, Yermak revealed during remarks at Chatham House thinktank.

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