Ukrainian President Zelenskyy is “very happy” that Boris Johnson survived the vote of confidence

The President of Ukraine called the Prime Minister a “true friend of Ukraine” when speaking at an online event via video link this morning

Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was “very happy” Boris Johnson is still prime minister after surviving a confidence vote.

The President of Ukraine called Mr Johnson a “true friend of Ukraine” while speaking via video link at an online event hosted by the Financial Times on Tuesday morning.

Mr Zelensky told the newspaper: “I’m very happy about that. Boris Johnson is a true friend of Ukraine.

“I see him as our ally and Britain as a great ally.”

Through a translator, Mr. Zelensky also said: “Boris supports us. Boris supports Ukraine very concretely.

Boris Johnson meets Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy


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“I don’t know who was responsible for that decision yesterday, but I’m glad we didn’t lose a very important ally. That’s good news. That’s all I can say.”

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has a very close relationship with President Zelenskyy.

“He believes how the UK is able to adapt and support Ukraine in this rapidly changing situation is crucial.”

The relationship “both benefits the Ukrainian people by allowing them to respond to the support they need and ensuring the UK is at the forefront of delivering that support”.

In a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Mr Johnson reiterated Britain’s support for Ukraine.

Boris Johnson speaks during a cabinet meeting


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It comes as Mr Johnson’s leadership was wounded on Monday night when he survived a vote of confidence but 148 Conservative MPs still voted against him.

Ahead of Monday’s confidence vote, the prime minister shared a picture of himself over the phone with Mr Zelenskyy.

“President (Zelensky) has just updated me on the ongoing fight against Russian aggression in the Donbas,” Mr Johnson tweeted.

“It is clear that the Ukrainian people will not bow to Russian brutality. We remain steadfast in our mission to ensure Ukraine’s long-term defense and support.”

Mr Johnson told the private meeting: “I humbly submit to you that this is not the moment for leisurely and totally casual domestic political drama and months-long vacillations from the UK.”

At a time when Mr Putin’s forces are fighting in Ukraine, the prime minister said: “This is the moment for us to lift our eyes from our navels.”

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