The Prime Minister has spoken to the leaders of the United States, France and Germany to discuss cooperation on matters of international security and diplomacy.
On a joint call, the Prime Minister, President Biden, President Macron and Chancellor Scholz underlined their steadfast commitment to supporting Ukraine in the face of Russia’s invasion.
They stressed the importance of ensuring the safety and security of nuclear installations and welcomed recent discussions on enabling an IAEA mission to the Zaporizhzhia facility.
Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling around the Russian-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power station in southern Ukraine, where renewed fighting has led to fears of disaster worse than that in Chernobyl in 1986.
At the weekend President Volodymyr Zelensky urged Ukrainians to be vigilant ahead of Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday. Zelensky warned:
“Russia could try to do something particularly disgusting, particularly cruel.
“One of the key objectives of the enemy is to humiliate us… we have to be strong enough to resist all provocation.”
The four leaders welcomed a deal approved by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday to allow UN inspectors to visit the plant at a future date.
The leaders also said they had “agreed that support for Ukraine in its defence against Russian aggression would be sustained.”
During Prime Minister Johnson’s call, the leaders also discussed other shared priorities, including Iran and joint efforts to prevent nuclear proliferation and deter Iran’s destabilising regional activities.
The Prime Minister welcomed the opportunity to speak, and the leaders agreed their teams would continue working closely together in the coming weeks.
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