Monday, July 15, 2024

New UK PM Starmer shows unwavering support for Ukraine during NATO summit debut

British Prime Minister Keir Starmer Shows Strong Support for Ukraine in Maiden International Appearance

Newly Elected British Prime Minister Keir Starmer Makes Strong International Debut at NATO Summit

WASHINGTON — In his first appearance on the international stage, newly elected British Prime Minister Keir Starmer displayed his support for Ukraine and solidified the special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom as he met with President Joe Biden at the NATO summit in Washington.

After a series of meetings and a quick break to watch England’s triumph over the Netherlands in a soccer match, Starmer and Biden praised the strong bond between their countries, with Biden referring to the U.K. as the “knot tying the transatlantic alliance together.”

Starmer, who was elected in a landslide victory over the Conservative Party, also met with other world leaders including German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, and congressional leaders before joining a dinner at the White House.

Despite the busy schedule, Starmer managed to catch a portion of the European Championship semifinal, where England secured a spot in the finals against Germany. “Picked the right moment to pop out from NATO meetings and check the score,” he shared on social media.

In addition to discussing the special relationship between the U.S. and the U.K., Starmer reiterated Britain’s support for Ukraine in its conflict with Russia. He emphasized the importance of unity within NATO and the need to address the threat of Russian aggression.

As he highlighted his priorities on the world stage, including defense, security, and climate change, Starmer’s international debut aimed to show that the U.K. is back and ready to play a significant role in global affairs.

With a focus on rebuilding ties with the European Union post-Brexit and increasing defense spending, Starmer aims to position Labour as a party with a strong commitment to national security and NATO.

While showcasing his leadership on the world stage, Starmer and his team are also preparing for the potential return of former President Donald Trump, emphasizing the importance of key issues such as climate change and clean energy.

At the NATO summit, Starmer’s message was clear: the U.K. is a key player on the global stage, leading on issues like defense, security, climate change, and energy.

As Starmer makes his mark on the international scene, his meetings at the summit serve as an opportunity to strengthen relationships, reset priorities, and showcase Britain’s renewed role in shaping the future of the world.


Reported by Lawless and Kirka from London, with contributions from Seung Min Kim in Washington.

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