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Ukraine expects to receive in the near future actual military aid from the United Kingdom, which includes a large contract for the purchase of lethal weapons, says Vadym Prystaiko, who has been picked for the post of Ukraine's Ambassador to the UK.

"The British track is unique," Prystaiko has told European Pravda, a Ukrainian online newspaper.

"It's now becoming more and more important, and not only for Ukraine. This is also our very important security partner, from whom, I hope, we will soon be able to receive actual military aid, the assistance in developing our Armed Forces," Prystaiko said.

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The British track is unique

The diplomat, who earlier served as Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, has also announced that the parties are preparing to sign a contract for the purchase of lethal weapons.

"This includes a major contract for lethal weapons – not only acquisition but also production at Ukraine capacities," he explained.

The diplomat noted that the Ukrainian government supports Ukraine-based production, which he says is a fair stance.

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