How Johnson’s departure affects Ukraine

7 July, 03:23 PM
Boris Johnson announces his resignation on July 7 (Photo:REUTERS/Peter Nicholls)

Boris Johnson announces his resignation on July 7 (Photo:REUTERS/Peter Nicholls)

A politician with a somewhat more restrained Russia posture could replace toppled UK PM Boris Johnson, Ukrainian political scientist Volodymyr Fesenko told NV Radio on July 7.

“Johnson’s main asset was how vivid and energetic he was in supporting Ukraine,” said Fesenko.

“A new PM could be more moderate, less dazzling figure, not as capable of causing a major media stir. As far as Ukraine is concerned, there are no divisions within the Conservative Party – be it among the cabinet ministers or backbenchers – on the need to support Ukraine.”

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Fesenko said he was convinced UK’s policy of providing security assistance to Kyiv will endure.

He added that Russia has little reason to celebrate the apparent disintegration of Johnson’s government.

“The Kremlin tends to overemphasize personalities in politics,” Fesenko noted.

“… They may be overjoyed right now, but they will soon realize their mistake, as UK policy remains unchanged following Johnson’s departure."

Despite the Kremlin's dreams of sowing discord in the West, Russia’s aggressive actions still induce Western unity – albeit relative – in opposing Moscow, the analyst added.

On July 7 Johnson announced his resignation from the UK's prime minister post after more than 50 lawmakers, as well as several UK government officials resigned in protest against ongoing ethics scandals surrounding Johnson and his party.

During his resignation speech, Johnson said he was proud of his accomplishments and assured that the United Kingdom will continue to support Ukraine for as long as it takes.

Despite being unloved at home, Johnson enjoyed popularity in Ukraine due to his steady support of the country amid the Russian invasion.

Johnson was among the first world leaders who openly condemned the Russian war and called for more Western weapons to be provided to Ukraine.

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