Lord Cameron tells President Zelensky: 'I had disagreements with Boris Johnson, but his support for you was the finest thing he did'

Thursday 16 November 2023

Lord Cameron has made a surprise visit to Kyiv in his first foreign trip since returning to frontline British politics days earlier.

The Foreign Secretary assured Volodymyr Zelensky that Britain will support Ukraine for “however long it takes” as the new Foreign Secretary used his first overseas visit to go to Kyiv.

In a video released by Kyiv, Lord Cameron sought to reassure Mr Zelensky over fears that attention has diverted from Ukraine to the war in the Middle East.

Mr Zelensky said: "We had a good meeting focused on weapons for the frontline, strengthening air defense, and protecting our people and critical infrastructure.

"I am grateful to the UK for its support!"

Ukraine’s president said he discussed the supply of weapons for forces fighting against the Russian invasion during his meeting with the former prime minister on the first day of a two-day trip.

Lord Cameron has assured Mr Zelensky Britain will support Ukraine for “however long it takes”

Lord Cameron said: “We will continue to give you the moral support, the diplomatic support, the economic support, but above all the military support that you need – not just this year and next year, but for however long it takes.

“I had some disagreements with my friend Boris Johnson, we’ve known each other for 40 years, and his support for you was the finest thing that he and his governments did.”

The former prime minister joined Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet in a reshuffle on Monday, seven years after he stepped down as premier.