Volodymyr Zelensky to meet with Prime Minister in surprise UK visit

It comes three months after his first trip to London since the start of the war.

Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky to meet with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in surprise UK visit in London Simon Dawson / No 10 Downing Street

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is due to meet Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in the UK on Monday.

He said he will meet the Prime Minister in London for “substantive negotiations” amid the Russian invasion.

It is the latest stop on a tour of European capitals in Paris, Berlin and Rome, and comes three months after his first trip to London since the start of the war.

That occasion saw the Ukrainian leader attend an audience with the King and address Parliament in February.

Zelensky tweeted: “Today – London. The UK is a leader when it comes to expanding our capabilities on the ground and in the air.

“This cooperation will continue today. I will meet my friend Rishi. We will conduct substantive negotiations face-to-face and in delegations.”

The latest visit comes days after Liverpool hosted Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine, amid ongoing British support for the country’s fight against Russia.

It also comes after Sunak and defence secretary Ben Wallace announced that the government had agreed to authorise the donation of long-range cruise missiles after continued Russian attacks.

That decision was warmly welcomed by Zelensky as a “significant enhancement” of Ukraine’s efforts in the war.

The visit by Zelensky comes ahead of a G7 gathering in Hiroshima, Japan later this week and which will be attended by Sunak.