Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Tuesday that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s vote of confidence victory was “great news” and added: “I’m glad we haven’t lost a very important ally.”
Zelenskyy called Johnson a “true friend of Ukraine” and Britain a “great ally” in the war against Russia, in an online conference hosted by the Financial Times. The British prime minister narrowly survived a confidence vote on Monday night among his Tory MPs, by 211 votes to 148.
Speaking through a translator at the event, Zelenskyy also said: “Boris is supporting us. Boris is very concrete in his support for Ukraine.
“I don’t know who was responsible for that decision yesterday but I’m glad we didn’t lose a very important ally. This is great news. That’s all I can say,” he added.
Zelenskyy added that full Ukrainian sovereignty over its territory was Kyiv’s ultimate goal in the battle with Russia, and that stalemate in the conflict was “not an option for us”.
The British Prime Minister visited Zelenskyy in Kyiv in April, and the UK has provided active military support to Ukrainian forces.
Johnson was challenged by his backbenchers on Monday after growing outrage over several COVID lockdown-breaking parties by government staff. Winning the vote of confidence will allow him to continue to limp as leader for now, despite the fact that 41% of his party colleagues now want him to quit as prime minister.