British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who announced his resignation, is a “true friend of Ukraine.” This was announced on Thursday, July 7, by the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky in an interview CNN.
He also expressed confidence that the UK’s policy towards Ukraine will not change in the near future, despite Johnson’s resignation.
“Ukraine has gained a lot from relations with the prime minister, including, first of all, military support,” the Ukrainian leader said.
Earlier Thursday, Johnson officially announced his early resignation as head of the ruling Conservative Party and the position of Prime Minister of Great Britain. He noted that he would continue to fulfill his obligations until the appointment of a new head of the cabinet of ministers of the ruling Conservative Party. According to him, the process of choosing a new leader “should start now.”
Member of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs Maria Butina called Johnson’s resignation a good sign for Russia. The MP believes that perhaps this will be followed by the resignations of other European politicians.
State Duma Chairman Vyacheslav Volodin called the British politician responsible for the shelling of Russian cities and the use of Ukrainians in the conflict with Russia.
Before that, it became known that over the past two days, more than 50 politicians from the Johnson government against the backdrop of his appointment to the post of deputy chief organizer of the ruling Conservative Party, Chris Pincher, accused of sexual harassment.
According to former British Foreign Office official Simon MacDonald, Johnson, having previously appointed him to high party and government posts, knew about the accusations against Pincher. This caused him distrust already on the part of the former members of the government. Johnson himself apologized in connection with the scandal surrounding his protégé.
On June 6, a vote was held to pass a vote of no confidence in the British Prime Minister. However, representatives of the ruling Conservative Party in the UK could not get enough votes for this. 211 conservatives voted in favor of the prime minister, 148 voted against.
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