NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg praised the UK for its support to Ukraine at the start of a visit to the UK on Wednesday (9 November 2022).
Mr Stoltenberg joined British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace in the south-eastern town of Lydd where Ukrainian troops are being trained by British, Canadian and Lithuanian forces. Mr Stoltenberg called the training “an important example of how the United Kingdom is a highly valued NATO ally, making a real difference”. He added: “I am confident that this will make a difference on the battleground”. At Lydd, the Secretary General also met Ukrainian troops and praised them for their commitment and bravery as they continue to push back against Russia’s brutal and unprovoked war of aggression. Since Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, NATO Allies including the UK, US, Canada and Türkiye have provided training for thousands of Ukrainian personnel.
While in the United Kingdom, Mr Stoltenberg is also meeting with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary James Cleverly in London, with talks expected to focus on Russia’s war against Ukraine and the continued adaptation of the Alliance.