Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Roman Mashovets and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom to Ukraine Melinda Simmons discussed a number of issues related to the preparations for the visit of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to the United Kingdom.
Key attention was paid to security, defense and military-technical areas.
Roman Mashovets noted the positive dynamics in the implementation of the agreements reached during the President's visit to the United Kingdom in October last year, in particular on British assistance in the implementation of projects to improve the capabilities of the Naval Forces of Ukraine. He stressed the importance of strengthening Ukraine's maritime security as Russia continues to militarize the Black Sea-Azov region.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President also informed the British side about the situation in eastern Ukraine, the threats posed to our country and Europe as a whole by Russia's energy projects, and shared some plans for the development of Ukraine's security and defense sector. He thanked for the assistance in building the national system of resilience and expressed hope for the continuation of constructive cooperation in this direction both at the bilateral level and in the framework of Ukraine's cooperation with NATO.
For her part, Melinda Simmons noted the increased attention of the United Kingdom to the situation in the east of our country and in the Black Sea-Azov region. She reaffirmed Britain's continued support for Ukraine in countering Russian aggression and strengthening its defense capabilities.
The parties agreed to maintain a permanent dialogue on security issues to deepen the Ukrainian-British strategic partnership.