Boris Johnson paid a shock go to to Kyiv for the second time this yr in one other sturdy present of help for Ukraine.
He met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has turn out to be a agency ally of the British prime minister for the reason that Russian invasion started, and prolonged the supply of a brand new coaching program for Ukrainian forces.
Talking Friday, Johnson stated he wished to “ship a transparent and easy message to the Ukrainian folks: The U.Okay. is with you, and we shall be with you till you in the end prevail.”
Zelenskyy stated in a video launched on Twitter: “Many days of this conflict have proved that Nice Britain’s help for Ukraine is agency and resolute. Glad to see our nation’s nice good friend Boris Johnson in Kyiv once more.”
The British prime minister missed a local weather summit convened by U.S. President Joe Biden and canceled his deliberate look at a high-profile gathering of Conservative MPs within the north of England to be able to make the journey.
Johnson’s look follows scorching on the heels of a go to by the French, Italian and German leaders this week because the European Fee adopted a suggestion that Ukraine be granted EU candidate standing, a primary step within the strategy of turning into a member of the bloc.
Johnson has been accused of being fast to advertise his sturdy relations with Ukraine at any time when he faces questions over his personal management, as he did after receiving a police effective for breaking COVID lockdown guidelines.