‘Britain is a shield for the democratic world’ as Boris praised by ‘very happy’ President Zelensky for winning vote

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was quick to praise Prime Minister Boris Johnson in an online event this morning for winning last night’s confidence vote.

Speaking at a virtual conference hosted by the Financial Times, President Zelensky said the the PM was a “true friend of Ukraine” and said he was “very happy” the Prime Minister won his confidence vote.

President Zelensky said:

“I am very happy about this. Boris Johnson is a true friend of Ukraine.

“I regard him as our ally, and Great Britain as a great ally.”

Speaking through a translator, Mr Zelenskyy also said:

“Boris is supporting us. Boris is very concrete in supporting Ukraine.

“I do not know who was responsible for this decision yesterday but I’m glad we have not lost a very important ally. This is great news. That is all I can say.”

Just minutes after the result of the confidence vote was announced, one of Zelensky’s most senior advisors, Mikhail Podolyak also tweeted supportively about the British Prime Minister.

In his tweet, Podolyak wrote:

“Leadership is always a heavy burden. Boris Johnson was one of the first who realised the menace of Russia and stood by President Zelensky to protect the free world from barbaric invasion.

“The world needs such leaders. The UK is a Great friend of  Ukraine. The British crown is a shield of democratic world.”

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said:

“The Prime Minister enjoys a very close relationship with President Zelensky.

“He believes it is vital to how the UK is able to adapt and support Ukraine in this fast-moving situation.

“[The relationship ] benefits both the Ukrainian people in being able to be responsive to the support they need but also to ensure the UK is at the forefront of providing that support”.

In a Cabinet meeting earlier today, the British PM reiterated his support for the war-torn country.

Mr Johnson said it was now vital for Mr Zelensky not to be pressured into accepting a bad peace deal and that the world must avoid any outcome where Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in any way pays off.

Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told ministers that Ukrainians had achieved some recent success but Russia was also making slow advances.

Ms Truss said the UK would continue its support with further sanctions in the pipeline.

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