Boris Johnson exhibits up in Ukraine, once more – POLITICO

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Boris Johnson paid a shock go to to Kyiv for the second time this 12 months in one other sturdy present of assist for Ukraine.

He met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who has grow to be a agency ally of the British prime minister because the Russian invasion started, and prolonged the provide of a brand new coaching program for Ukrainian forces.

Talking Friday, Johnson mentioned he wished to “ship a transparent and easy message to the Ukrainian individuals: The U.Ok. is with you, and we can be with you till you in the end prevail.”

Zelenskyy mentioned in a video launched on Twitter: “Many days of this warfare have proved that Nice Britain’s assist 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 with the intention to make the journey.

Johnson’s look follows sizzling on the heels of a go to by the French, Italian and German leaders this week because the European Fee adopted a advice that Ukraine be granted EU candidate standing, a primary step within the means of turning into a member of the bloc.

Johnson has been accused of being fast to advertise his sturdy relations with Ukraine every time he faces questions over his personal management, as he did after receiving a police superb for breaking COVID lockdown guidelines.

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