Boris gets European leaders to agree sanctions package should Russia invade Ukraine

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks to the Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz from No10 Downing Street about the situation in Ukraine. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

French President Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have now agreed to work with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on developing a package of sanctions which would come into force immediately should Russia further invade Ukraine.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke to French President Macron this morning (Saturday) on the situation in Ukraine.

The leaders updated one another on their respective discussions with international partners, including the Prime Minister’s visit to Kyiv last week. They agreed that finding a diplomatic solution to the current tensions must remain the overriding priority.

The Prime Minister and President Macron stressed that NATO must be united in the face of Russian aggression. They agreed to continue to work together to develop a package of sanctions which would come into force immediately should Russia further invade Ukraine.

The leaders discussed their work to strengthen NATO’s Eastern flank, ensuring that allies are fully defended against malicious Russian activity, wherever and however it might occur.

The Prime Minister re-emphasised to President Macron his commitment to work with France on the shared challenge of illegal migration in the Channel. The leaders agreed on the need to cooperate to stop people traffickers.

Yesterday (Friday) the Prime Minister also spoke to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz about the situation in Ukraine.

The German Chancellor also agreed on the importance of dialogue with Russia. They resolved to use all diplomatic channels available to bring an end to the current tensions.

The Prime Minister and Chancellor Scholz underlined the need for allies to deliver a clear and consistent message to Russia, including on the repercussions of a further Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Chancellor Scholz agreed to work with Mr Johnson’s plan of putting into place with other international partners a comprehensive package of sanctions.

The Prime Minister stressed that those sanctions should be ready to come into force immediately in the event of further Russian incursion into Ukraine.

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