British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has made an unannounced visit to Ukraine, meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for talks on defense.
Britain's Foreign Secretary David Cameron met President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for talks on his first working trip abroad, the Ukrainian leader said Thursday.
Former Prime Minister Cameron, who was appointed Britain's new foreign secretary on Monday, said in a video released by Zelenskyy's office that he wanted to underscore London's support for Ukraine.
Zelenskyy said he was grateful for the gesture, which comes amid a conflict in the Middle East that he said has drawn global attention away from Ukraine's war with Russia, now in its 21st month with no end in sight.
"The world is not so focused on the battlefield situation in Ukraine, and this dividing of the focus really does not help," he said.
Britain has been a close ally of Ukraine throughout the full-scale war launched by Russia in February 2022.
"What I want to say by being here is that we will continue to give you the moral support, the diplomatic support... but above all the military support that you need not just this year and next year, but however long it takes," Cameron said.
He added that Britain would work with its allies "to make sure the attention is here in Ukraine."
Cameron also met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba, who wrote that the talks "proved that Ukraine and the UK are determined to work together toward victory."
Cameron's trip was unannounced, and the Ukrainian statement did not say when the talks took place. Tight security measures in place because of the war mean details of visits by foreign dignitaries are sometimes released some time after they take place.