Liz Truss accepts President Zelensky’s invitation to visit Kyiv as he becomes the first foreign leader to call her after she takes over at No10
- Zelensky revealed he was first foreign leader to call Ms Truss in a Twitter post
- He said he demanded Russia be officially declared a ‘terrorist state’ for its war
- Downing Street confirmed in a statement that Ms Truss had accepted invitation
Liz Truss has accepted Volodymyr Zelensky’s invitation to visit Kyiv after he became the first foreign leader to call Britain’s new prime minister.
The comedian-turned-wartime president took to social media to boast of the chat as he called for Russia to be officially declared a ‘terrorist state’ following Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
The first call with a foreign leader has often been reserved for the US, with whom Britain traditionally enjoys a ‘special relationship’. Ousted PM Boris Johnson is believed to have been the first European leader contacted by Joe Biden following his inauguration.
But there are concerns that ongoing tensions over the Northern Ireland Protocol could strain UK-US ties over the coming months.
Mr Zelensky said on Tuesday night: ‘I became the 1st foreign leader to have a conversation with the newly elected (British) PM @trussliz. Invited her to (Ukraine). Thanked (British) people for the major defense & economic aid for (Ukraine).
‘It’s important that (Britain) is ready to further strengthen it. Attention was paid to security guarantees.
‘We discussed the participation of (Britain) in the recovery of (Ukraine). Coordinated further pressure on the RF (Russian Federation). The goal is to stop the aggression & bring the perpetrators to justice.
In a statement, No 10 said the new Prime Minister Liz Truss (pictured today) had reiterated the UK’s ‘steadfast support for Ukraine’s freedom and democracy’
Liz Truss will visit Kyiv following invite from Volodymyr Zelensky (pictured)
‘It’s important to designate the RF a terrorist state. We’ll continue active interaction in all formats.’
In a statement, No 10 said the new Prime Minister had reiterated the UK’s ‘steadfast support for Ukraine’s freedom and democracy’.
‘In her first call with a counterpart since becoming Prime Minister, she reiterated to the Ukrainian leader that he had her full backing, and Ukraine could depend on the UK’s assistance for the long term,’ the statement added.
‘President Zelensky thanked the Prime Minister for the UK’s staunch support and congratulated her on her appointment.
The comedian-turned-wartime president took to social media to boast of the chat as he called for Russia to be officially declared a ‘terrorist state’ following Vladimir Putin’s invasion
‘The leaders discussed the need to strengthen global security and the measures necessary to cut off the funds fuelling Putin’s war machine.
‘She praised the Ukrainians’ fight for sovereignty and self-determination and said it was essential Ukraine succeeds and Russia fails.
‘The Prime Minister said she looked forward to working with the President in the coming weeks and months and was delighted to accept an invitation to visit President Zelensky in Ukraine soon.’
Ms Truss appears to be following in the footsteps of her predecessor, who visited Kyiv on several occasions as he made providing military aid to Ukraine a lynchpin of his foreign policy agenda.