Britain in talks to sell arms to Ukraine for first time

Britain could sell missiles to Ukraine for the first time after it emerged on Wednesday night that the two countries were discussing the supply of arms.

The Ministry of Defence is in talks with its Ukranian counterparts about the supply of surface-to-surface maritime Brimstone missiles and air-to-surface Brimstone missiles, according to a report in The Times.

A Ukrainian defence source told the newspaper the missile sale would represent the first time that Britain had sold weapons to the eastern European country.

The missiles are designed by MBDA UK which is based in France but manufacturing and design also occurs in Britain.

The proposed deal comes amid concerns that Russia could exploit the gas crisis shortage to seize more Ukrainian territory.

Ukraine currently acts as a transit for Russia’s gas pipeline but if the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the Baltic Sea becomes operational, President Putin will no longer be reliant on Kiev to supply gas to Europe, putting the country at risk of further hostile Russian action.  

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