Telegraph learned about Johnson’s plans to visit Kyiv before his resignation
Before leaving the post of British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson plans to make his last trip to Kyiv, reports the Daily Telegraph, citing sources.
According to the publication, Johnson intends to visit Kyiv for the third time to meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and publicly announce support.
“He [Johnson] does feel the burden of being Zelensky's biggest supporter. He can't just walk away and not make sure the world has his back,— said an unnamed interlocutor of the publication.
Johnson announced his resignation on July 7. This happened against the backdrop of a scandal with the former deputy chief organizer of the ruling Conservative Party in the House of Commons, Chris Pincher, who was accused of harassing men. Johnson was aware of the investigations against Pincher, but at the same time he appointed him to high posts.
Former British Treasury Secretary Rishi Sunak and Foreign Secretary Liz Truss claim to be the new prime minister.
Prior to that, Johnson visited Kyiv in June and April. During his last visit, he announced the transfer of 120 armored vehicles and anti-ship systems to Ukraine, and also promised to provide additional loan guarantees for $500 million through the World Bank.
In addition, the British Prime Minister has repeatedly called on the allies to increase support for Ukraine and prevent “fatigue” from this topic. “Now is not the time to abandon Ukraine. The UK will continue to support Ukraine every step of the way because we know their security— this is our security, and their freedom— this is our freedom, — Johnson said at the end of June.
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