Britain is stepping up military activity near Russia’s borders – Foreign Ministry

The framework agreement between Ukraine and Britain on naval partnership proves once again that London is stepping up military activity near Russia’s borders, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a news briefing on Wednesday.

“We regard this as another evidence of Britain’s growing military activity in countries neighboring on Russia, in particular, in Ukraine,” she said.

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“Whereas before the point at issue was London’s assistance in training Ukrainian military personnel within the framework of operation ORBITAL, now it is correct to say that interaction has been spread to the naval sphere and weapons supplies,” Zakharova said.

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Ukraine’s ambassador to Britain Vadim Pristaiko on November 13 signed a Ukrainian-British framework agreement envisaging a 1.7-billion-pound loan to Kiev. The money will be spent on building eight missile-carrying boats, on the acquisition of two trawlers from Britain and on creation of two naval bases in Ukraine.