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UK defence minister Grant Shapps has made a thinly veiled criticism of western nations whose support for Ukraine in its war against Russia appears to be faltering.

“We simply can’t have an outcome where a dictator, an autocratic dictator, walks into a neighbouring democratic country and the west gets bored of it,” he told the BBC, without specifying any nation.

“That is an unacceptable outcome to this. That’s why it’s so important to get on with the job now.”

US President Joe Biden is struggling to convince Congress to pass an international security package that would include about $60bn of aid for Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is due to meet Biden in Washington on Tuesday.


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