President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said he was “very happy” visiting Boris Johnson. confidence vote win, hours after one of his senior consultants tweeted a photo of two men and thanked the UK prime minister for assistance in protecting the “free world from barbarian invasion”.
Zelensky described Johnson’s narrow victory on Monday night likegreat news”, in remarks via video link to event hosted according to Financial Times on Tuesday. “I am glad that we have not lost a very important ally. it great news,” he said.
Johnson spoke directly Zelensky before vote on On Monday, when the UK confirmed it would send the number of M270 rocket launchers to Ukraine and how he lobbied desperately for support among Conservative MPs in westminster, who supported him by 59% against 41%.
Shortly after the result, Nadhim Zahavi, education secretary, said he knew what the President of Ukraine would “think about tonight”. He said in TV interview: “Zelensky will beat air because he knows his great Boris Johnson’s ally prime minister tomorrow morning.”
Mikhail Podolyak, adviser to the president of the office, tweeted in support of the couple of minutes of in result break at 23:00 local time in Ukraine.
“Leadership is always a heavy burden,” Podolyak said, praising Johnson. for Existence “one of in first who understood menace of [Russia] and sided with Zelensky to defend a free world from barbarian invasion. world We need such leaders.”
Few commentators believe the British. support for Ukraine would have changed significantly under any other conservative leader, but Johnson and Zelensky struck up relationships during a crisis.
In a nightly statement, Zelensky has not yet commented on thanked in result prime minister for “fully understanding our needs” and providing “the weapons we so desperately need protect lives of our people”.
Johnson is a popular figure among Ukrainian politicians, in part because the UK is seen as a quick arms supplier. in a special contrast with Germany, starting with supplying hundreds of anti-tank weapons in January, a month before Russia began its unprovoked invasion.
Kira Rudik, MP who heads the liberal Voice of the party said prime minister was more more popular than US President Joe Biden. She referred to Johnson’s high-security visit to Kyiv, during which he took a walk with Zelensky under armed guard in deserted streets. Biden hasn’t been here since the start of the war.
Ukrainian politicians were especially pleased. with Johnson’s apology made in May during an address to the people parliament. prime minister recognized that the West failed tough enough to respond to the capture of Russia of Crimea in 2014 and separatist takeover of parts of eastern Donbass region.
“This was super important thing for usRudik said, because it was one of in first times Western leader recognized Ukraine faced persistent long-term a threat from Moscow that is unlikely to dissipate even if current end the war or establish a truce in place.