US President Joe Biden has traveled to London to meet with British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and King Charles III ahead of the NATO summit in Vilnius, where he is under fire for the cluster bombs he has supplied to Ukraine.
According to the White House, Biden's visit is a diplomatic gesture of goodwill and a move designed to further strengthen the "close relationship" between the two countries.
The visit comes just days after the Biden administration announced its decision to send cluster bombs to Ukraine to combat the Russian invasion.
Washington said on Friday that it would supply Kyiv with the widely banned bombs as part of a new $800 million (€730 million) security package.
Like many NATO members opposed to the use of munitions, Prime Minister Sunak made the UK's position clear:
"The UK is signatory to a convention which prohibits the production or use of cluster munitions and discourages their use. We will continue to do our part to support Ukraine against Russia's illegal and unprovoked invasion, but we've done that by providing heavy battle tanks and most recently long-range weapons, and hopefully, all countries can continue to support Ukraine," he said.
During his visit to the UK, Biden is also expected to speak about the difficulties in the post-Brexit peace process in Northern Ireland.
Source: euronews - AP