1. Supporting Ukraine was the EU position at the start, and the UK just went along with it…. true, but then why recently has the UK been ramping up its support for Ukraine, as the EU is generally paying less attention? The EU leaders recently ‘holding peace talks‘, while the UK ups its military support for Ukraine. Why?
2. A reason would seem to be the UK’s desire to demonstrate to the world that post-Brexit, they are ‘still a force’, not diminished in any way etc etc. This would seem to be the case, with Boris Johnson frequently repeating versions on the theme:
The UK are locked in tough Brexit talks with the EU just now, are they afraid that if they are perceived as being weak on Ukraine, it’ll impact on the Brexit negotiations? It’s a real shame the UK have chosen absolutely the wrong situation in which to overcompensate.
3. Is there a deal in it for the UK? Has Ukraine promised something? More specifically, one of the UK government’s most favourite deals…. an arms deal.
Did you know that Britain is now the 2nd biggest arms dealer in the world, and it’ll sell arms to almost anyone…
“Since 2010 Britain has also sold arms to 39 of the 51 countries ranked “not free” on the Freedom House “Freedom in the world” report, and 22 of the 30 countries on the UK Government’s own human rights watch list.” (source)
“UK Government approved Saudi arms deals worth £238m six months after deadly Yemen funeral air strike”. (source)
That recent large-scale, glitzy UK / Ukraine Reform conference in London… Poroshenko’s visit to the UK. Just what was promised to the UK government to get them to up their support of Ukraine so significantly?
The UK’s been talking up war between Ukraine, and its former territories, talking up their own supplying of military aid to Ukraine. Are they anging for an arms deal? Has someone in Ukraine told them they’ve got the money for this?