British Prime Minister Boris Johnson mentioned any peace talks over Ukraine are prone to fail, as he in contrast holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin to negotiating with a crocodile.
Johnson mentioned coping with Putin was like “a crocodile when it is bought your leg in its jaws” and mentioned it was very important that the West continues arming Ukraine.
The prime minister was talking as he headed to India, the place he’ll encourage his counterpart Narendra Modi to finish its neutrality over the conflict in Ukraine. He performed down the probability that India would finish its longstanding ties with Russia.
“It is rather exhausting to see how the Ukrainians can negotiate with Putin now given his manifest lack of fine religion,” Johnson advised reporters. “His technique, which is obvious, is to attempt engulf and seize as a lot of Ukraine as he can and maybe to have some type of negotiation from a place of energy.”
Johnson mentioned world leaders, together with U.S. President Joe Biden, agreed on a name this week that they’d proceed to provide Ukraine with weapons, together with artillery, as Russia intensified its assaults on Ukraine’s East.
Ukraine and Russia haven’t held face-to-face peace talks since March 29, and the ambiance has soured over Ukrainian allegations that Russian troops carried out atrocities within the city of Bucha close to Kyiv. Moscow has denied the claims.
Russia seized its first city in jap Ukraine as a part of a recent assault this week that Ukrainian officers have described because the Battle of Donbas.
Johnson mentioned the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had advised him that he was assured of pushing Russian troops out of the jap Donbas area, however that his forces have been unlikely to recapture Crimea, which Russia seized eight years in the past.
“The view of the president of Ukraine, if I understood him accurately, I communicate to him lots, is he would really like Russian forces to be expelled from their current positions in Donetsk and Luhansk. So that may be a fairly maximalist place, however on Crimea they don’t seem to be as maximalist,” he mentioned.
Putin has made it clear that he needs to take extra Ukrainian territory and will launch a renewed assault on the nation’s capital, Kyiv, Johnson mentioned.
“How will you negotiate with a crocodile when it is bought your leg in its jaws? That is the issue that the Ukrainians face. We’ve simply bought to maintain going with the technique, hold supplying them with weapons,” he mentioned.
Johnson mentioned when he meets PM Modi in New Delhi on Friday, he’ll encourage India to help Ukraine. However he accepted that India was prone to preserve its ties with Russia.
“I’ve already talked to Narendra Modi about Ukraine and really the Indians have condemned what occurred in Bucha,” he mentioned. “However the UK specifically has to recognise that there’s a historic relationship that India has with Russia. I feel we have now to be alive to that, and simply level out the place Putin is, I’m afraid, letting Russia down badly.”
India, which is the world’s greatest purchaser of Russia’s weapons and imports its oil, abstained in a United Nations vote condemning the invasion and has not imposed sanctions on Moscow.
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