The UK will match the aid it provided to Ukraine in 2023, Liz Truss has pledged.

It is the Ukrainian army occupied swathes of the country Reclaimed forced the Russian troops to retreat to the eastern region in the last week.

On her first foreign trip as prime minister, Ms Truss is expected to use this success to show evidence of what the people of Ukraine can do with the support of the popular populists.

Ms Truss is visiting New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), where she is due to hold a meeting. Joseph Biden and Emmanuel Macron as political activity resumes after a period of national mourning for the queen.

It is expected that the journey to realize the UK’s long-term performance in Ukraine, while also emphasizing the need to eliminate energy dependence on Russia.

When asked what he hoped to achieve from the meeting with the US president, he told reporters: “The number one issue is global security – making sure that we can collectively deal with Russian aggression and make sure that Ukraine prevails and Putin does not have business in Ukraine.

“(It is a) huge priority for European security, so we look forward to working together with the other members of the G7 to make sure that we are not strategically dependent on governments. That is a priority.”

The UK is already Ukraine’s second largest military donor, having committed £2.3bn to 2022, providing hundreds of rockets, air defense systems and non-lethal military equipment.

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Ahead of the trip, Ms Truss confirmed the UK would meet or exceed the amount of military aid spent on the nation by 2022 next year.

He said: “My message to the people of Ukraine is this: the UK will be behind you every step of the way. Your security is our security.”

The visit is against the backdrop of Brexit conflicts and questions as to whether Ms Truss regards the French leader as “friend or foe”.

Liz Truss’s husband at Elizabeth’s funeral. Pic: Reuters

While the focus is expected to be largely on security issues and Russia fighting the war in Ukraine, clashes over the Northern Ireland Protocol are bound to feature.

Truss wants to build a relationship with Macron.

Mr Biden, a US president proud of his Irish heritage, has raised concerns about Brexit’s threat to the peace process and the chances of a free trade deal.

His French counterpart, Mr Macron, has long been a critic of Brexit and has pressed the UK to keep its commitments to Northern Ireland and fishing rights.

Ms Truss has thrown the Tory leader into a diplomatic row when she openly refused to respond asked if the French president was “friend or enemy”.

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Macron: ‘We tend to the serious issues’.

Instead, then the foreign secretary said “about the judges”.

When asked on Monday night, before he arrived in the United States, about the relationship with Britain in the UK, especially with migrants across the Channel, Mr Truss said he wanted to “have a relationship with France”.

“Of course, this means working together on the issue of migration. We need to work together on several other issues, whether it’s energy security or other issues related to our relationship with the EU – but above all, we need to look at that. Putin is not succeeding in Ukraine.

“This is what I will discuss with President Macron.”

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Ms Truss will meet Mr Macron and Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Commission, on Tuesday before meeting Mr Biden on Wednesday.

Meetings with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Spain’s Petri Sanchez, and Israel’s Yair Lapid are also scheduled.

Ms Truss will also deliver a speech to the UN General Assembly, where she will say the UK under her leadership will be an “active defender of our democratic values” and will work with allies to oppose authoritarianism.

The trip kicks off a few days of public political activity in Ms Truss’s premature chicken frenzy, with details on how businesses will be helped through the crisis and a major announcement on the NHS bill.

Ms Truss, who is joined by Foreign Secretary James Lepidus in the US, will then return before Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-provision on Friday.

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