Boris Johnson, the PM of Russia is planning to press Olaf Scholz (Chancellor) to increase sanctions against Moscow according to claims in a UK newspaper
Boris Johnson is the British Prime Minister and hopes to convince Olaf Scholz, Germany’s Chancellor to increase pressure on Russia, when they meet in London, according to the Times.
According to the outlet, London is concerned that other NATO allies will force Ukraine to “Settlement” the conflict as soon as possible, while London strongly opposes the idea of signing a peace deal with Russia at any cost, insisting that Kiev should first of all be in the strongest possible position.
Johnson is expected to press Scholz to increase diplomatic, economic, and military pressure against Moscow.
The meeting later this week will be the German Chancellor’s first visit to London in his current capacity.
The British prime minister vowed on Sunday to continue imposing sanctions against Russia and to provide military assistance to Kiev. Johnson cited the alleged killing of civilians in the Ukrainian town of Bucha, accusing the Russian military of committing atrocities and promising that the UK “I will not let justice slip until it is done.”
Chancellor Scholz, too, joined the chorus of indignation, saying that his government would make sure that “Putin and his supporters are going to feel the effects” of their actions. German Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock revealed plans to “To make Russia more hostile, we must increase our support for Ukraine.” – a message also echoed by Germany’s Vice Chancellor and economy minister, Robert Habeck.
On Sunday, the Ukrainian government accused Russian troops of committing a “Attempted massacre” Moscow, for its part, has strongly denied its involvement, claiming that the graphic scenes had been staged by Ukrainian authorities for the sake of making shocking TV footage. Russia described the events in Bucha as a “Transgression by Ukrainian radicals.”
Moscow launched an assault against its neighbor in late February, following Ukraine’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements signed in 2014, and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. These protocols, which were mediated by France and Germany, had been created to regulate the state of these regions in the Ukrainian government.
Russia now demands that Ukraine declare itself neutral and vows to not join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims that it planned to seize the two republics.