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Starmer to hold first meeting with Biden at Nato summit as PM promises new air defences for Ukraine – live

Sir Keir Starmer is attending the 75th summit of the Nato defence alliance in the US, where he will meet president Joe Biden at the White House in their first face-to-face meeting.

During the second day of the summit, the prime minister promised Ukraine long-range missiles supplied by the UK to counterattack military targets in Russia.

Ahead of the meeting at the White House, he said his time with president Biden will be a chance to strengthen the “very special relationship” between the UK and US.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Sir Keir has been accused by shadow minister James Cartlidge of causing “massive uncertainty” for the UK’s armed forces after failing to set a deadline for increasing defence spending.

The PM said he was committed to spending 2.5% of GDP on defence “within our fiscal rules” but he cautioned that he needed to carry out a review before setting a timeline to reach that goal. Armed forces minister Luke Pollard said it would not be completed until next year.

Xural.com

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