Boris Johnson warns against cutting deals with Putin

2 November 2022, 09:14 PM
Boris Johnson (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Boris Johnson (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Western countries should refrain from pressuring Ukraine into an unfavorable peace deal with Russia, former UK PM Boris Johnson said in an interview with Sky News on Nov. 2.

Johnson suggested that seeking compromise would only push Russian dictator Vladimir Putin towards further aggression.

“And I think the danger is that we will try to compromise and find some sort of deal, some grubby bargain with Putin, try to encourage the Ukrainians to trade some of their territory which will only encourage Putin to make further aggression,” said Johnson.

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He added that by supporting Ukraine, liberal democracies have – for the first time in a long while – proven their dedication to the ideals of democracy and freedom.

“The prize for holding firm and continuing to support Ukraine is absolutely immense because for the first time in decades we have shown that we really believe in democracy and freedom and that we're really willing to support it and those values in Europe,” the former PM said.

“So a Ukrainian victory could be an absolute turning point for the world.”

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