UK PM To Visit Ukraine, Hold Call With Russian President Putin Next Week
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s office gave no details of when or where the flight would take place.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will step up diplomacy over the Ukraine crisis with a visit to the region next week and a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bid to avert bloodshed.
Russia massed its forces on the Ukrainian border, and Putin said the United States and NATO were unresponsive to Moscow’s key security demands, though he was willing to keep talking.
The United States says Russia now has the ability to act against Ukraine, and Johnson has warned of a disaster from which no one will win if Russia invades.
Britain said it would punish Russia if it made any incursion into Ukraine, and urged European allies to prepare for similar steps. On Monday, his government is expected to announce a tightening of the sanctions regime.
“The prime minister is determined to accelerate diplomatic efforts and step up deterrence to avoid bloodshed in Europe,” a spokesman for Johnson’s Downing Street office said in a statement.
He will reaffirm Russia’s need to step back and engage diplomatically when he speaks to President Putin this week.
Johnson’s office did not give details of when and where the flight would take place.
Britain has provided Ukraine with defensive weapons and personnel training, although ministers have said a deployment of combat troops is unlikely.
Johnson is considering options including new deployments and strengthening NATO’s defenses, and on Monday Britain will join UN Security Council discussions to try to resolve the standoff through diplomacy.
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