Sunak to visit Iceland and Japan this week to tackle the threat posed by Russia

Rishi Sunak will travel to Iceland and then Japan this week on a mission to strengthen support for Ukraine and tackle the threat posed by Russia.

The globe-trotting PM will meet world leaders as part of an intense itinerary intended to “drive economic growth and investment in the UK”.

The Prime Minister will attend a summit of the Council of Europe in Iceland on Tuesday where he will argue that Europe’s borders should be strengthened to deter illegal migrants and prevent Russia endangering security and prosperity.

The Council of Europe is not a European Union institution and was launched in the wake of World War II. It brings together 46 countries but Russia ceased to be a member last year following the invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Sunak’s visit comes to the Reykjavik summit comes as Conservatives debate whether Britain should continue as a signatory to the European Convention of Human Rights – which is overseen by the Council of Europe’s European Court of Human Rights. Downing Street says the Council of Europe has played a “defining role promoting freedom and democracy for over 70 years”.

The Prime Minister will then travel on to Tokyo where he is expected to announce new collaboration between Britain and Japan on defence and technology. He will head to Tokyo for a gathering of the world’s most powerful democracies at the G7 summit.

This is the first time Mr Sunak has attended a G7 event since becoming PM in October. He aims to “galvanise international action on economic coercion by hostile states and shore up support for Ukraine as they prepare for escalating military action against Russia’s war of aggression”.

As well as holding talks on Ukraine, he will focus on issues including Indo-Pacific security, economic policy and investment for global infrastructure.

He said: “This week I will be travelling from Reykjavik to Hiroshima to drive global action on our most pressing priorities. Many of the challenges we are dealing with, from inflation to migration, must be solved by working closely with our international partners.

“I look forward to visiting Japan, a vital economic and defence partner for the UK in the Indo-Pacific. This year’s G7 Summit in Hiroshima comes at a pivotal moment, as Ukraine doubles down in its fight for survival and we deal with complex threats to global peace and prosperity.”

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