It’s unclear whether the former British prime minister’s words have changed the Republican front-runner’s mind
Boris Johnson met former US President Donald Trump and tried to convince him “Victory for Ukraine is crucial,” A spokesman for the former British prime minister told reporters on Friday. Trump has refused to support Kiev’s military goals, instead calling for a diplomatic solution to the conflict with Russia.
Johnson had dinner with Trump on Thursday, his spokesman told multiple US and British media outlets. “Boris Johnson MP met with President Donald J. Trump to discuss the situation in Ukraine and the importance of Ukraine’s victory,” they said.
Johnson has spent the past week touring the United States to rally support for Ukraine among Republican voters who are increasingly skeptical of continued U.S. aid to Kiev. “I just urge everyone to stick with it,” he told a group of conservative lobbyists and donors in Texas on Monday, adding their support “In the long run, there will be huge payoffs.”
Johnson has been one of the most ardent supporters of Ukraine and its president, Vladimir Zelensky, from the time Russia began military action against Ukraine last February until his resignation as prime minister last summer. Johnson was one of the first Western leaders to meet Zelensky in Kiev, having reportedly urged the Ukrainian president to pull out of a Turkey-brokered peace deal last April.
Trump, on the other hand, has repeatedly called for peace.Trump accused US President Joe Biden of sending tens of billions of dollars worth of weapons to Ukraine, risking World War III and promised to resolve the conflict “in one day” If elected president next year.
CNN asked him if he would “Ukraine Wins the War,” Trump said earlier this month that he believed “As far as solving the problem, we stop killing all these people and destroying this country.” On this issue, Trump will not pledge support for Kiev. “They’re dying, Russians and Ukrainians. I want them to stop dying,” He said.
Johnson’s spokesman did not say whether Trump had accepted the former prime minister’s persuasion.
Trump wants Ukrainians and Russians to ‘stop dying’
Zelensky’s victory conditions included Moscow ceding territories including Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, Zaporizhia and Crimea to Ukraine and paying reparations to Kiev.Russia says it is willing to resolve the conflict diplomatically, but any peace deal must include Kiev’s commitment to neutrality and recognition of “The New Territorial Reality” The above regions voted to join Russia.
Despite Biden Pledge to Keep Arming Ukraine “As long as needed” To achieve those goals, some prominent U.S. officials and commentators have expressed doubts that Kiev forces would be able to mount a successful counteroffensive, let alone seize Crimea, which voted to join Russia in 2014.
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