Rishi Sunak is gearing up for a clash this weekend over whether western allies should send fighter jets to Ukraine. The Prime Minister is set to meet other world leaders in Munich at a security conference with Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky‘s appeal for more arms is likely to be top of the agenda.
Last week, President Zelensky put world leaders in Europe on the spot with his demands for them to supply fighter jets so he can help win the war in the sky raging across his country.
The Ukraine President’s tour started in London, where he gave an acclaimed speech to a joint sitting of the Commons and Lords in Westminster Hall, pleading for fighter jets.
As a symbol of the help he requires he event presented a pilot’s helmet to the Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.
Ahead of meeting King Charles, he noted: “In your country your King is an airforce pilot, in my country pilots are kings.”
But Mr Sunak had been reluctant to provide the fighter jets with questions over whether Britain has the military kit to help.
However, Boris Johnson embarrassed his successor by saying “there is no reason” why fighter jets could not be provided as Ukraine continues its struggle against Putin’s brutal regime.
Zelensky then repeated his demands on the second leg of his European tour in Brussels where he met leaders of the 27 EU governments.
The splits in the EU have already played out with the decision to send tanks to Ukraine last month with Germany, where this weekend’s summit is due to be held, initially refusing to provide its Leopard tanks.
Hungary is one of the states to refuse military aid while other countries have feared that providing weapons to Ukraine could lead to Russia opening a new front with the EU – or even resorting to nuclear weapons.
However, Poland has led the way in the EU by providing military help and has already offered to provide its Mig jets to Zelensky’s forces if the USA could replace them with alternatives.
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