The United Kingdom is in talks with Ukraine on arms sales, including of missiles for patrol boats and those for aircraft, amid fears that Russia could exploit the latest gas crisis in Europe to seize more of Ukrainian territory.
That’s according to The Times referring to an unnamed Ukrainian diplomat, Ukrinform saw.
This is about the sale by Britain to Ukraine of surface-to-surface missiles developed by MBDA UK. The missiles are able to hit “swarms” of targets simultaneously and set to be put on warships that are in service with the Ukrainian Navy.
No further details of the talks have been disclosed so far.
As Ukrinform reported earlier, half of the funds from a GBP 2.5 billion ($2.7 billion) loan the United Kingdom provides to Ukraine will go for strengthening the Ukrainian Navy Fleet. In particular, Ukraine will build a number of naval bases. Preparations have been launched to build the first two of them – one on the Black Sea coast and the other – on the Sea of Azov. Ukraine will also purchase two British Sandown-type minesweepers.
In October 2020, Britain and Ukraine signed a memorandum providing for the re-equipment of the Ukrainian Navy.