Zelenskyy dismisses ambassador after UK Defense Secretary says Ukraine should be gratitude

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Ukrainian President Zelenskyy dismissed the UK ambassador after British Defense Minister Wallace said at the NATO Summit that Ukraine should express more 'gratitude' to the UK. "We could express our words of gratitude to the minister personally," Zelenskyy said in response to Wallace's remarks.

Zelenskyy dismisses ambassador after UK Defense Secretary says Ukraine should be gratitude

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed his ambassador to the United Kingdom after British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said Ukraine should be more 'gratitude' for arms supplies from its allies. 

Zelenskyy signed a decree for the dismissed ambassador Vadym Prystaiko, published on the presidential website, but did not give reasons.

'UKRAINE SHOULD BE GRATEFUL'

The controversy began when Wallace told journalists at the NATO summit in Vilnius this month that Kyiv should be more 'gratitude' for Britain's arms deliveries to Ukraine.

Britain has been one of the biggest supporters of Ukraine since the Russian invasion began. It supplies Kyiv with weapons and trains its troops.

'EXPRESS OUR WORDS OF GRATITUDE'

Zelenskyy responded at a press conference at the summit, saying he did not know how else to make clear Ukraine's gratitude, adding: "We could wake up in the morning and express our words of gratitude to the minister personally."

The Ukrainian diplomat agreed with a Sky News reporter's suggestion that Zelenskyy had responded to Wallace "somewhat sarcastically".

"I don't believe that this sarcasm is healthy. We don't have to show the Russians that we have something between us, they have to know that we are working together," Prystaiko added, stressing the need to smooth over relations with the UK.

Prystaiko is a career diplomat who has served as ambassador to the United Kingdom since July 2020. He was previously Ukraine's foreign minister from 2019 to 2020.

Source: Malay Mail

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