UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace suggests Ukraine should show more gratitude to Western allies for their support in arming the country.
Why it matters
The comments by the UK Defence Secretary highlight the ongoing debate surrounding Ukraine's relationship with its Western allies and the support it receives in its conflict with Russia. The suggestion of showing more gratitude has sparked controversy and raised questions about the dynamics of international alliances.
What the papers say
The Metro describes the comments as not going down well with some readers, while The Guardian highlights the frustration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the reluctance of NATO members to agree on a timetable for Ukraine's admission into the alliance. The Independent mentions that the UK and the US have told Ukraine that they are not an 'Amazon' delivery service for weapons, suggesting that allies providing support also want gratitude.
How we got here
The war in Ukraine has been ongoing for over 500 days, and there have been ongoing discussions about Ukraine's relationship with its Western allies and its desire to join NATO. The comments by the UK Defence Secretary add to the existing debate and highlight the complexities of international alliances.
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Robert Ben Lobban Wallace is a British politician serving as Secretary of State for Defence since 24 July 2019. He previously was the UK’s longest-serving Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime from 2016 to 2019.
Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy is a Ukrainian politician, actor and comedian who is the 6th and current president of Ukraine, serving since May 2019.
Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the second-largest country in Europe after Russia, which it borders to the east and north-east.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or Britain, is a sovereign country located off the northwestern coast of the European mainland.
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, also called the North Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance between 30 North American and European countries.
Ukrainians, historically also called Ruthenians, are an East Slavic ethnic group native to Ukraine, which is by total population the seventh-largest nation in Europe and the second-largest among the East Slavs after the Russians.