UK troops will not fight in Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said.
Johnson has again rejected Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelenskyy’s calls for British forces to actively join the effort, warning it would trigger a wider war with Russia.
Speaking at a military base in Estonia, Boris Johnson said: “I want to be crystal clear. We will not fight Russian forces in Ukraine.
“Our reinforcements, like these reinforcements here in Tapa, are firmly within the borders of Nato members and that is profoundly the right thing to do.
Johnson clarified that the UK is not actively supporting British nationals volunteering to help the defence of Ukraine, contradicting an earlier remark from Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
He said: “I think for any Nato member to get involved actively in conflict with Russia is a huge step which is not being contemplated by any member.
This is a time when miscalculation and misunderstanding is all too possible and it’s therefore crucial that we get that message over.
“When it comes to a no-fly zone in the skies above Ukraine we have to accept the reality that that involves shooting down Russian planes … that’s a very, very big step, it’s simply not on the agenda of any Nato country.