Boris Johnson arrives in Kyiv on unannounced visit, second since Russian invasion

17 June, 07:49 PM
Boris Johnson and Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, June 17, 2022 (Photo:Boris Johnson / Twitter)

Boris Johnson and Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv, June 17, 2022 (Photo:Boris Johnson / Twitter)

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson arrived in Kyiv on an unannounced visit on June 17, his second since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, and just a day after four EU leaders were also in the Ukrainian capital.

Johnson is now meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky, a journalist from the UK newspaper the Times, Stephen Swynford, reported via Twitter.

UK broadcaster Sky News also reported Johnson’s surprise visit. According to Sky, Johnson canceled a visit to a conference in Doncaster at the last minute, saying he has a “good reason.”

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Later, President Zelensky confirmed Johnson’s arrival by posting a video of his meeting with the British prime minister. The visit was not announced in advance.

“Many days of this war proved that Britain’s support of Ukraine is robust and resolute,” Zelensky said.

“I am glad to see Boris Johnson, a great friend of our country, again in Kyiv.”

During his meeting with Johnson, Zelensky’s team discussed the supply of heavy weapons and air defense systems, economic support for Ukraine, increased sanctions pressure on Russia, security guarantees for Ukraine, the need for Russia to compensate for the damage caused, as well as the victory of Ukraine, Head of the of President’s Office Andriy Yermak said on his Telegram channel.

Johnson was the first G7 leader to visit Ukraine since the start of a full-scale Russian invasion.

He was last in Kyiv on April 9.

In the UK, Johnson faced removal from office amid the Downing Street party scandal during the lockdown. On June 6, won a vote of confidence from his Conservative Party, but political pundits in the UK reckon the PM has been fatally wounded politically by the “Partygate” scandal, and that he may have to step down in a matter of months.

The day before Johnsons latest visit, on June 16, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi and Romanian President Klaus Iohannis also visited Kyiv.

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