UK PM Sunak on jets to Ukraine: nothing is off the table

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visits Britain
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hold a news conference at an army camp, in Dorset county, Britain, February 8, 2023. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/Pool

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday said that nothing was off the table when it came to supplying Ukraine with jets to fight Russia, adding that training Ukrainian pilots was the first step towards them being able to use such planes.

"The first step in being able to provide advanced aircrafts is to have soldiers or aviators that are capable of using them. That is a process that takes some time. We've started that process today," Sunak said at a news conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, after announcing Britain would train Ukrainian pilots.

"Nothing is off the table and our leadership on this issue is something that we all collectively should be very proud of."

Reporting by Andrew MacAskill and Sachin Ravikumar, writing by Alistair Smout and Farouq Suleiman; Editing by Kate Holton

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