The British Prime Minister has said that the UK is now “ready for conflict” as tensions with Russia, the US, NATO and the West are the highest since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962 which almost saw a nuclear war.
Rishi Sunak is travelling to the US to launch the next stage of the AUKUS (Australia UK US) nuclear submarine partnership since it was started two years ago.
Under the AUKUS pact Sunak will discuss the procurement of the nuclear powered submarines in San Diego with the US President Joe Biden.
This comes as there is “growing international volatility” amid Russia’s war in Ukraine which threatens Europe’s stability.
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A spokesman for the Prime Minister said, following a conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Sunak, “He updated the Secretary General on the UK’s Integrated Review Refresh, due to be published tomorrow, which will set out the Government’s evolving global strategy in light of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and growing international volatility and competition.
“The Prime Minister also reaffirmed the UK’s intention to remain a leading contributor to NATO, recognising the importance of continuing to invest in collective Euro-Atlantic security.
“Secretary General Stoltenberg welcomed the valuable role of the United Kingdom as a staunch NATO ally.”
Sunak’s spokesman added, “The Prime Minister and Secretary General agreed to continue working together in the lead-up to the NATO Leaders’ Summit in Vilnius this June, to ensure the Alliance is addressing the threat on Europe’s eastern flank and is ready for the conflicts of the future.”
The Prime Minister said, “In turbulent times, the UK’s global alliances are our greatest source of strength and security.
“I am travelling to the United States today to launch the next stage of the Aukus nuclear submarine programme, a project which is binding ties to our closest allies and delivering security, new technology and economic advantage at home.
“As we launch the 2023 Integrated Review Refresh tomorrow, this is the future we want to deliver – a UK that is secure, prosperous and standing shoulder to shoulder with our partners.”
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