Boris Johnson says ‘Vladimir Putin’s barbaric actions are testing all of humanity’

Boris Johnson slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin for his “barbaric actions”, and said they were “testing not only Ukraine but all of humanity”. On Sunday March 13, the British Prime Minister spoke with Volodymyr Zelensky, President of war-torn Ukraine.

In the call, according to Number 10, Mr Johnson “praised the President and the people of Ukraine for their courage. The Prime Minister said Putin’s barbaric actions were testing not only Ukraine but all of humanity”, said a Downing Street spokesperson.

“The leaders condemned the killings of Brent Renaud and countless innocent Ukrainians, as well as the kidnapping of the mayors of Dniprorudne and Melitopol. The Prime Minister underlined the UK’s continued support for Ukraine.

“He said the UK would continue to pursue more options to strengthen Ukraine’s self-defence, working with partners, including at Tuesday’s meeting of the Joint Expeditionary Force in London. The Prime Minister said said the UK would continue to support Ukraine in all its efforts to end this disastrous conflict.

President Zelensky took to Twitter to say he had held talks with Mr Johnson and with Petr Fiala, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic. He tweeted: “Had talks with (UK) Prime Minister @BorisJohnson and (Czech Republic) Prime Minister @P_Fiala.

“Spoke about the (Ukrainian) people’s struggle against Russian aggression, Russia’s criminal attacks on civilians. Thanked partners for their great support. We appreciate it. #StopRussia.”

Earlier today, one of Mr Johnson’s closest colleagues said he did not think it was “helpful” to consider Russian President Vladimir Putin “crazy”.

When asked if the British government was concerned about Russia using nuclear weapons, Michael Gove told Sky’s Sophy Ridge on Sunday: “Yeah, well, I think there are different ways of describing the workings of Vladimir Poutine.

“I think he operates on a set of criteria totally detached from what you or I would consider reasonable or rational.

“But in his own light, what he’s doing is pursuing a conflict that he believes he has to win. We have to make sure he loses.

“There are people who are calibrating even now what our response should be to this – defence, security and intelligence experts in our own country and elsewhere.

“But, yeah, I don’t think it’s helpful to think that Putin is crazy. I think what we have to think of him, and indeed we have to recognize, is someone whose cruelty takes them into a moral realm that the rest of us would find almost impossible to conceive.

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Edward L. Robinett