Ukraine-UK defense collaboration: Joint production already underway, says former FM Prystaiko

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during talks in Kyiv on Jan. 12, 2024
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy during talks in Kyiv on Jan. 12, 2024

Some Ukrainian defense companies are already engaged in joint production in the United Kingdom, former Ambassador of Ukraine to the UK and former Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said in an interview with Radio NV on April 23.

“There are certain Ukrainian enterprises that I was proud to support as an ambassador, which manufacture products in the UK,” said the diplomat.

“Not only do they use some parts or technologies, but they are engaged in joint production.”

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Some of these weapons have already been adopted by the British Armed Forces, “because they are unique, proven in real combat operations against Russia, which is obviously an enemy not only for Ukraine but for all our partners.”

Statements on joint UK-Ukraine weapons production

The Telegraph reported in February 2023 that senior British defense industry officials were discussing the possibility of arms production in Ukraine. British managers visited Ukraine to establish joint ventures that would produce weapons and equipment under license.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, after talks with David Cameron, who arrived in Ukraine for the first time on Nov. 16, 2023, said that the United Kingdom still had a firm intention to supply weapons to Ukraine, expand joint production, and rid the Black Sea of Russian threats.

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy met with British Secretary of State for Defense Grant Shapps in Kyiv on March 7, 2024. Among other things, they discussed the establishment of joint weapons production.

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