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Sunak shows firm determination as he vows longer-range weapons for Ukraine

Rishi Sunak was a difficult act to follow at Munich Security Conference.

Kamala Harris, the US vice president, had just delivered one her best speeches.

Former American prosecutor laid out charges against Russia and promised justice for serious crimes against humanity.

A much more crowded room listened to the prime minister. Although his speech was business-like in tone, he spoke with passion about the task ahead.


He discussed the need for double the support for Ukraine and the need for peace planning.

His predecessor’s brilliance is gone, replaced by a more understated but determined determination.

Although he uses well-rehearsed talking points, he speaks with a clear and unrestrained logic.

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Ukraine must win as soon and as quickly as possible. It must also be provided with the necessary resources. Britain’s involvement seems to be increasing in a calculated and calibrated manner.

He says that Ukraine must be provided with the necessary resources to defend its cities. Therefore, better air defenses are being promised.

Britain will be the first country to offer longer-range weapons.

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Ukraine must be allowed to strike back at Russia as Russian artillery continues to retreat further and further from it.

The prime minister’s offer regarding warplanes was also pragmatic. Although he has stated that it will train Ukrainian pilots in advanced fighter jet operation, he warned that this will take some time.

In the meantime, Mr Sunak informed Munich that the UK is ready to assist any country in providing planes for Ukraine.

These planes, which look a lot like Soviet-era MiGs, are easy to fly and Ukrainian pilots are very familiar with them. Poland already stated that it would send more if its air force could be augmented by modern aircraft from allies.

Sunak may have met Polish President Andrzej Duba in London before making this offer. It is unclear what kind of support Britain offers such countries.

Allies have agreed that Ukraine must win. Sunak is one the most staunch supporters of this position.

With the decision to send tanks, it was a significant step forward. In an alliance of democracies, not everyone moves at the same pace. It is important to maintain a sense of solidarity and unity, with no one breaking ranks.

Rishi Sunak might be one of those hawks who argue for Russia’s double down, but this is being meticulously choreographed with allies.

There are also financial limitations that could prevent Britain from joining France and Germany, which have both recently announced significant increases in defense spending.


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