Ukraine to strengthen ties with allies with new security pacts at G7 summit in Italy

Bilateral security agreement with the U.S. to be 'unprecedented'
Bilateral security agreement with the U.S. to be 'unprecedented'

Ukraine is poised to finalize bilateral security agreements with the United States and Japan during the G7 summit on June 13 in Italy, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Telegram.

Reflecting on progress since last year's NATO summit in Vilnius, Zelenskyy noted, "A year ago at the NATO summit in Vilnius, the G7 adopted a Declaration of Support for Ukraine. Today, within the framework of this Declaration, we are signing the last two security agreements with G7 members."

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The signings are scheduled to occur in separate meetings with U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Zelenskyy highlighted the significance of the U.S. agreement, describing it as "unprecedented."

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Beyond the signings, Zelenskyy will actively participate in the G7 summit, engaging in discussions aimed at bolstering Ukraine's defense capabilities. Key agenda items for Ukraine include forming a fighter jet coalition, expediting pilot training, enhancing aircraft deliveries, and reinforcing air defense and long-range capabilities.

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Previously, Ukraine has established bilateral security agreements with a host of countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and others across Europe. These pacts have been part of Ukraine's broader strategy to strengthen international military cooperation.

Confirming the upcoming U.S. agreement, U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan stated on June 12 that the security pact with Ukraine would be signed on June 13. This agreement forms part of ongoing U.S. support for Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict.

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