President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with Secretary of State for Defence of the United Kingdom Ben Wallace, who is on a working visit to Kyiv.
The President thanked Ben Wallace for the unwavering support of the UK for the independence and territorial integrity of our country within its internationally recognized borders.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy also praised the signing of the Ukrainian-British Bilateral Framework Agreement on official credit support for the development of the Ukrainian fleet's capabilities.
"The United Kingdom has become our key partner in building the Ukrainian fleet. I expect that future security projects planned under this agreement will be effectively implemented," the President stressed.
The President briefed the British Secretary of State for Defence on the challenges facing Ukraine in the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov.
The interlocutors exchanged views on the international steps needed to restore a safe navigation regime in the region and the importance of further deepening bilateral cooperation in the field of security and defense.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed the need to take consistent steps to ensure the realization of Ukraine's aspirations to gain full NATO membership in the near future.
During the meeting, the President said that Ukraine is trying to intensify the work of all negotiation formats in order to achieve peace in the east and restore sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Ukrainian President noted the recent statements by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the Foreign Secretary, which stressed the support of our state in the context of opposing the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project.