UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the worst is yet to come for Ukraine, but has encouraged fellow world leaders to come together in alleviating the damage spurred by Russia’s invasion. In an opinion piece penned in the New York Times, Johnson bemoaned the attacks by Russian troops.
Johnson says it is no longer enough to express warm platitudes about the rules-based international order. The prime minister says they now have to have to actively defend Ukraine against a sustained attempt to rewrite the rules by force and other tools, such as economic coercion.
“We are pleased to see more nations beginning to grasp this hard reality. In January, the United Kingdom was among a handful of European countries sending defensive aid to Ukraine. Now more than 20 countries are part of that effort. Defense spending is going up, though it will take time for that to translate into capability.”
“That’s a welcome development, but it is not going to be enough on its own to save Ukraine or keep the flame of freedom alive. Russia has overwhelming force and apparently no regard for the laws of war. We need to prepare now for even darker days ahead.”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson
JOHNSON WANTS LEADERS TO TAKE ON RUSSIA
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has since announced a six-point plan which he reckons will help him and his counterparts in the international community in taking on Vladimir Putin, as he continues his vicious assault on Ukraine.
-Mobilise an international humanitarian coalition” for Ukraine
-Help Ukraine in defending itself from Russian attacks
-Russia should be subjected to more economic pressure
-Prevent the situation in Ukraine from being “normalised”
-Diplomatic resolutions to the war must be pursued, but only with the full participation of Ukraine’s legitimate government
-There should be a “rapid campaign to strengthen security and resilience” among Nato countries
“We must restore effective deterrence in Europe, where, for too long, the very success of NATO and of America’s security guarantee has bred complacency. What happens in Europe will have profound implications worldwide,” he said.