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Boris Johnson claims Germany favored Ukraine’s defeat and France was in ‘denial’

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Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday that France was “denial” of a Russian invasion of Ukraine, but German leaders hoped it would end “quickly”.

“It was a big shock,” Johnson said in an interview with CNN Portugal. “

Prime Minister Johnson specifically criticized three European Union member states he said had been less steadfast than other allies in their response to Russia’s “special military operation” launched nine months ago.

On June 26, 2022, then-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson sits down for an interview with CNN’s Jake Tupper.
(CNN)

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“Germany’s view that if it happened it would be a catastrophe, at some stage it would be better if everything ended quickly and Ukraine collapsed,” Johnson said, adding that “all sorts of Alluded to their stance on “sound economic reasons.”

“I couldn’t stand it. I thought it was a tragic view. But I can understand why they thought and felt that way,” he added.

Germany faced a major backlash for its initial lackluster aid to Ukraine, and as other NATO allies deployed anti-tank missiles, drones, ammunition and weapons, they sent 5,000 troops to Kyiv for an invasion. He was infamous for sending 10 helmets.

Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko specifically mocked the German shipment, saying: “What kind of aid will Germany send next? Pillows?”

Germany has ramped up defense aid to Ukraine, but Berlin continues to face backlash both at home and abroad for swaying the amount of aid it has provided.

France, a staunch supporter of Ukraine, was clearly taken by surprise when Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “special military operation” on February 24. to keep the peace.

Then-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands on March 9, 2022.

Then-British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands on March 9, 2022.
(President’s Office of Ukraine)

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Macron returned with assurances from Putin that he would not escalate the growing crisis on the Ukrainian border, where Russia continued to amass troops at the time.

“There is no doubt that the French were in denial until the last minute,” Johnson said.

France’s military intelligence chief was fired in March for failing to anticipate Russia’s plans.

Johnson also evoked Italy’s first reaction. [said] Because of Russia’s “massive” dependence on hydrocarbons, they would not be able to support the position we were taking.

Johnson said that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changed the attitudes of previously reluctant EU countries.

Ukrainian military personnel launch a BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launch system in the Kharkiv region on April 20, 2022.

Ukrainian military personnel launch a BM-21 Grad multiple rocket launch system in the Kharkiv region on April 20, 2022.
(Reuters/Serhi Nuzhinenko)

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“What happened was the Germans, the French, the Italians, everyone, [President] Joe Biden – I realized I had no choice at all,” he said. [Putin]That’s the point. ”

“The EU has done a fine job,” he continued. “After all the anxiety…I salute the actions of the EU. They have united.”

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