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Ukraine: Britain could become ‘protector’ under peace deal with Russia

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It comes amid reports that peace talks are making headway (Image: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The UK could become Ukraine’s security guard as part of a peace deal with Russia, it turns out.

Britain and “international partners” are said to be discussing how to ensure Ukraine’s future security if Vladimir Putin withdraws his troops from Ukrainian soil.

The talks are also expected to discuss how nations would react if the Russian president launches another invasion.

It comes amid reports that Kremlin negotiators are pushing for Ukraine’s demilitarization.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said a neutral military status for Ukraine was “seriously discussed” by the two nations.

If agreed, Ukraine would be given a status similar to that of Austria or Sweden, both of which are members of the European Union but not NATO.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia’s demands for an end to the war were becoming “more realistic”.

He said Ukraine could accept international security guarantees that would miss its long-standing goal of joining NATO.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says his priorities for Ukraine are ending the war and guaranteeing security and sovereignty (Image: Ukrainian Presidential Press/AFP)

“My priorities during the negotiations are absolutely clear: end of war, security guarantees, sovereignty, restoration of territorial integrity, real guarantees for our country, real protection for our country,” Zelenskyy said in a video address on Thursday.

A Western official speaking on the possibility of UK involvement as Ukraine’s security guarantor told Mail Online: ‘Britain’s position as guarantor is the subject of discussions with international partners.

“Of course it was asked about, but the conditions are very important before anyone can say yes or no.

“And it’s not something that would happen without a very coordinated discussion with international partners.”

It comes as the UK announced it will deploy an air defense system and 100 personnel to Poland to protect its airspace from “any further aggression from Russia”.

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A map showing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine (Image: Metro.co.uk)

Ukrainian firefighters extinguish a fire at a warehouse on Thursday, March 17, 2022, after a bomb attack in Kyiv, Ukraine. Russian forces on Wednesday demolished a theater in Mariupol where hundreds of people were taking shelter and rained fire on other cities, Ukrainian authorities said, although the two sides expressed optimism about efforts to negotiate an end to the fighting. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Ukrainian firefighters extinguish a fire in a warehouse after a bomb attack in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Ukrainian military personnel are seen at their positions as Russia's assault on Ukraine continues in the Kyiv region, Ukraine, March 17, 2022. REUTERS/Anna Kudriavtseva

Ukrainian forces in Kyiv have so far managed to hold off Russian advances (Image: Reuters)

NATO has also pledged to send more troops to defend its eastern flank.

Both announcements come just days after Russian missiles hit a military base in Yavoriv, ​​Ukraine, a few kilometers from the border with Poland.

Downing Street said the deployment of the Sky Saber system would “support the Polish Armed Forces at the request of the Polish Government”.

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “As always, this is a purely defense capability that we are providing to Poland on a bilateral basis.

“It will remain under British control at all times.”

He said it was a “short-term deployment.”

Tanks uploaded to military truck platforms as part of additional British troops and military equipment arrive at the NATO Battle Group's Estonian base in Tapa, Estonia on Friday, February 25, 2022. As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy pleads for help, NATO members from Russia's neighboring Estonia to the north to Bulgaria on the Black Sea coast have sparked urgent consultations over their security. (AP Photo/Sergei Stepanov)

Britain announced it would send an air defense system and 100 personnel to Poland (Image: AP)

The UK is also currently in the process of buying a £500m defense system from the US that would be able to detect missiles fired at the UK.

The government intends to purchase a ballistic missile defense radar and two command and control systems for combat management and communications from Lockheed Martin Corp. to buy.

The US State Department confirmed yesterday that it has approved the potential sale.

While the UK likely began negotiating the deal well before Russia invaded Ukraine, the approval comes amid a wave of inquiries from European countries to buy US-made weapons.

The US State Department said the sale would support US foreign policy goals “by enhancing the security of a NATO ally that is a force for political stability and economic progress in Europe.”

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