Rishi Sunak rejects Putin’s justification for Ukraine invasion, calling it “clearly ridiculous”

Rishi Sunak, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, calls Putin’s claim that NATO expansion is what sparked the invasion of Ukraine “clearly ridiculous,” highlighting the United Kingdom’s constant backing for Ukraine and its determination to hold Russia responsible.

Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, claimed that his invasion of Ukraine was driven by worries about NATO expansion, according to former Fox News host Tucker Carlson. Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Rishi Sunak, however, quickly dismissed Putin’s assertion during a broadcast this morning, calling it “clearly ridiculous”.

“Russia conducted an illegal, unprovoked invasion of Ukraine,” declared Sunak firmly. “I’m glad that the UK has supported Ukraine resolutely from the start,” he added. During his visit earlier this year, the Prime Minister demonstrated his commitment to the Ukrainian cause, becoming the first foreign leader to do so in 2024.

While in the country, Sunak stressed the development of deeper security ties with Ukraine and declared substantial military assistance for the country. This action demonstrated the UK’s commitment to strengthening Ukraine’s defences against Russian aggression.

“As the first foreign leader to visit, I was there early this year. “It was my first trip of the year to declare major military assistance to Ukraine as well as a wider security partnership with them,” Sunak reaffirmed, highlighting the UK’s proactive involvement in supporting Ukraine in its conflict with Russian soldiers.

Speaking bluntly about Putin’s defence of the invasion, the Prime Minister emphasised the need to hold Russia responsible for its deeds. Stating, “We can’t let this type of behaviour go unchecked,” Sunak reiterated the UK’s resolve to stand up to Russia’s hostility and defend Ukraine internationally.