Boris Johnson heads to Parliament for a 5 hour debate on the situation in Afghanistan (Picture: Alamy).
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Ukraine

UK to host Joint Expeditionary Force leaders for talks on Ukraine crisis

Boris Johnson heads to Parliament for a 5 hour debate on the situation in Afghanistan (Picture: Alamy).
Library image: Alamy.

The Prime Minister is set to host a summit of the Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) in London this week, where he will urge leaders to work together to prevent further nations falling victim to the aggression of Russia. 

The JEF is a northern European security coalition of mainly Nordic and Baltic countries, which includes the UK, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

Boris Johnson will host a series of meetings with the intention to bolster European resilience following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Downing Street said the group will discuss the immediate crisis in Ukraine, as well as how they can help the country "rebuild again after war".

Talks will cover "increasing defensive military support to Ukraine" and the issue of "long-term energy security", it said, while the Prime Minister will urge the coalition to work towards "greater resilience against hostile state threats".

The Prime Minister said resilience to Mr Putin's threats must "go beyond our military footing".

"Together… we must ensure we are insulated from Russia's interference and impact on our energy supplies, economy and values," he added.

The leaders are also expected to agree to an enhanced programme of integrated JEF exercises and activities at sea, on land and in the air.

The summit will follow the deployment of UK Armed Forces to Exercise Cold Response in Norway, involving more than 30,000 troops from 27 nations.