The U.K. Defense Secretary, Grant Shapps, announced that discussions are underway to transfer additional military equipment production and training to Ukraine.
During an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Shapps discussed his briefing with Chief of the General Staff Patrick Sanders on Friday. He mentioned his plans to bring training closer to Ukraine in the future.
“In the western region of the country, I believe there is a chance to localize more aspects, not just training but also with the inclusion of [U.K. defense firm] BAE’s transition into in-country production,” he stated.
Shapps expressed a desire for other British companies to also contribute by taking similar actions. He believes there will be a push for increased training and production within the country.
Up to this point, the United Kingdom and other nations in NATO have refrained from establishing a military presence in Ukraine in order to decrease the likelihood of a direct confrontation between the defense alliance and Russia.
Last week, Shapps visited Kyiv and had a meeting with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
Discussing the Russian assault on merchant ships in the Black Sea, Shapps emphasized the need to prevent a scenario where international maritime traffic is prohibited in that region.