Defence Secretary Ben Wallace told Ukraine that Britain is not Amazon when presented with a list of weapons demands, sparking criticism.
Why it matters
The incident highlights tensions between Western leaders and Ukraine, and raises questions about the UK's support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia.
What the papers say
The Independent accuses Ben Wallace of scolding Ukraine and reveals that he also advised Ukraine to show gratitude for international support. The Telegraph reports Rishi Sunak's dismissal of Wallace's comments and emphasizes Ukraine's existing gratitude for Western support. The sources differ in their characterization of the incident, with The Independent being more critical of Wallace's remarks.
How we got here
The Nato summit in Vilnius has revealed cracks between Western leaders and Ukraine, with Defence Secretary Ben Wallace's comments adding to the tensions.
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