Wallace: UK risks losing leadership role if Ukraine doesn't get £2.6bn
The UK risks losing its leadership role if it does not give Ukraine £2.6 billion in military aid, Ben Wallace warns
- Wallace wrote to PM in June requesting £2.6bn for more military aid for Kyiv
- READ MORE: Where is Ukraine getting its aid from?
Ben Wallace has warned that the UK risks losing its leadership role in Ukraine if it does not give it £2.6billion in military aid.
In his first backbench intervention since resigning as defence secretary in August, Mr Wallace said ‘now is the time to double down on our support’.
He said he wrote to the Prime Minister in June setting out a £2.6billion request for more military aid for Kyiv, and he ‘hoped that, by now, Parliament would be aware of next year’s pledge’.
He wrote in The House magazine: ‘But the Autumn Statement said nothing. In fact, it said the minimum on defence.
‘The window on British defence leadership is closing. All the good work done will be overtaken by other European powers if we don’t restate our commitments.’
Ben Wallace has warned that the UK risks losing its leadership role in Ukraine if it does not give it £2.6billion in military aid. Pictured: Wallace in the House of Commons in July
He said he wrote to the Prime Minister in June setting out a £2.6billion request for more military aid for Kyiv. Pictured: Avdiivka, Ukraine on 4 December
Mr Wallace continued: ‘Last December, I said to the Prime Minister that, after years of watching the threat, it was my belief that the world was getting more unstable, more anxious and more insecure – and that instability would be likely to continue for the next decade. Both our deterrent and our resolve will be tested, and we need to just get on and invest.
‘To date, that commitment has not been made by either the Conservatives or Labour.’ He added that Ukraine has now ‘crossed the Dnipro [river] and opened up a new front northwest of Crimea’, and is able to ‘threaten Russian bases on the peninsula’.
The former minister said: ‘But what they need is time and equipment. They need a clear statement of our resolve to stick by them.’
He also told the magazine that Vladimir Putin ‘is banking on us getting bored’, saying: ‘Despite losing 300,000 men (dead or injured), 10,000 armoured vehicles, 2,000 tanks and whole supply chains of equipment, Putin actually thinks he is winning.
‘He dragoons, via secret mobilisation, more souls into the fight for his legacy and glory.’
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