Britain's Defense Minister Ben Wallace resigns: who could take the post
British Defense Minister Ben Wallace has announced that he is leaving his post. The resignation of the head of the Defense Department has already been accepted by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
In his letter to the Prime Minister, Wallace said that the post of Minister "cost him and his family a lot", so he finally decided to resign. This is reported by the press service of the British government.
When addressing the Prime Minister, Wallace stressed that the world will become even more dangerous and unpredictable in the following decades, so the government should not consider the financing of the defense sector as discretionary spending.
"I have dedicated myself to serving my country since I joined the Army, However, this dedication has come at a high cost to me and my family. I have decided to resign after long deliberation," Wallace stated.
For his part, Sunak said Wallace has served the country well, praising his strategic foresight and clarity. The prime minister added that the Defense Minister performed his duties with dedication and skill. Sunak concluded by emphasizing that he understood Wallace's decision to step down after eight years as minister.
According to Sky News, Rishi Sunak is going to reshuffle his cabinet, with several people being considered as potential successors to Ben Wallace. According to British media sources, Grant Shapps, who currently serves as Britain's Minister of Energy Security and Carbon Neutrality, will be appointed as the new Minister of Defense.
Ben Wallace had previously announced that he was not going to run in the next election. Wallace explained his decision by fatigue from politics and public service.
Wallace said that Ukraine should be more grateful for the help of the West. He recalled that he traveled to Kyiv to get a list of weapons needed by the Ukrainian army in 2022.
President Volodymyr Zelensky commented on the words of the British Defense Minister. He recalled that Ukrainians have always been grateful to the citizens of the United Kingdom and thanks to this there are close ties between the countries.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Ben Wallace said that the war in Ukraine can be won. He noted that Russia is actually "more fragile" than Moscow wants to recognize it.