Britain’s Boris Johnson, one among Ukraine’s staunchest backers, flew to Kyiv on Saturday to pledge tighter sanctions on Russia and supply President Volodymyr Zelensky extra defensive arms, a transfer the Ukrainian chief stated others ought to observe.
At a gathering shrouded in secrecy till Johnson appeared within the Ukrainian capital, the 2 leaders cemented the shut ties they’ve nurtured since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. The transfer caps weeks of lobbying by Johnson to satisfy Zelensky.
With each males standing at podiums in entrance of cameras, they praised one another for his or her cooperation for the reason that Russian invasion, which Moscow calls a “particular operation” to demilitarize and “denazify” its neighbor. Zelensky rejects the outline, saying Russia is bent on destroying his nation.
“We should put increasingly more strain on the Russian Federation, work more durable to assist the folks of Ukraine defend it towards the Russian Federation, and step up sanctions,” Zelensky stated.
“Different democratic Western states ought to observe the instance of Nice Britain. It’s time to impose an entire ban on Russian power provides, and enhance the supply of weapons to us.”
Johnson replied: “Along with our companions, we’re going to ratchet up the financial strain and we’ll proceed to accentuate, week by week, the sanctions on Russia.”
He added that the measures would come with shifting away from using Russian hydrocarbons.
Earlier, his Downing Road workplace stated Britain would offer the nation with 120 armored automobiles and new anti-ship missile methods.
Johnson’s aides say the 2 leaders have spoken nearly every day since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
The British chief, below strain over alleged events at his Downing Road residence throughout a COVID-19 lockdown, has been vocal in his help of Zelensky.
Earlier on Saturday, the Ukrainian chief’s workplace printed photos exhibiting the 2 males chatting throughout a desk.
Johnson met Zelenskiy “in a present of solidarity with the Ukrainian folks”, a Downing Road spokesperson stated.
On Zelensky’s Telegram channel, Johnson was described as “one of the vital principled opponents of the Russian invasion, a frontrunner in placing sanctions on Russia and offering defensive help to Ukraine.”
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