The West has let Putin get away with bad behaviour for way too long. On Friday, it was revealed that 131 people might have been exposed to Novichok nerve gas. Boris Johnson explains below why we have to stand up to bullies like the Russians.
In a Sun exclusive, Boris wrote: On Friday it emerged that 131 innocent people may have been exposed to the Novichok nerve agent. Continue reading
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Mike Pompeo, America’s new top diplomat is a rock solid Trump man. Ex Director of the CIA, he is will have the President’s back, and there is a natural understanding betwen the two. He admires the President’s ability to do things his own way.
During his confirmation hearing, Pompeo stated that Russia “has reasserted itself aggressively, invading and occupying Ukraine, threatening Europe, and doing nearly nothing to aid in the destruction and defeat of ISIS”. Continue reading
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Boris was in Moscow today and his straight talking left the Russians reeling. It was the first meeting for five years between a British Foreign Secretary and his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on Russian soil.
Boris believes it is important not to shy away from the difficult situations we are involved in with the Russians. He tackled the thorny subject of Russian interference in Western politics head on, and he made the point, there was no successful interference in any of our elections. He also brought up the question of the Ukraine. Continue reading
Boris Johnson is travelling to Washington on Tuesday for a series of high level meetings when he will meet with some of President Trump’s closest aides, and likely the President. Boris is emerging as a key channel for the Americans in recent weeks, reports Tim Shipman in the Sunday Times. His constructive relationship with Jared Kushner ensured that British people are exempt from the President’s attempted ban on some predominantly Muslim countries. Boris will meet with his opposite number, Rex Tillerson, and talk with US intelligence chiefs, soothing the recent hiccup over spy rumours. He will meet with senior Congressional Republic readers , and is likely to meet the President. Continue reading
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The suffering in Syria and the Ukraine is still so terrible, a face to face exchange of views has been judged the best way to progress the situation. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson will therefore be taking up FM Lavrov’s invitation to visit Russia. No Foreign Secretary has visited Russia for five years, but this visit will certainly not be a resumption of the status quo. Boris had only been Foreign Secretary for a couple of months when he was thrown in at the deep end over Syria. Continue reading
Sir Tim Barrow, replacement for Sir Ivan Rogers, is known as a fixer, who gets the job done. He has worked with Boris Johnson on a daily basis, who described him as brilliant, and they get on great. A Whitehall source says Sir Tim knows everyone and is an amazing diplomat. He has solid achievements to his credit. While in Brussels, he defeated repeated attempts to create a European army. He has proved his mettle by standing up for British businesses in Russia and held tough conversations on Ukraine and Syria. Continue reading
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Recently Anglo/Russian relations had sunk to well below zero, but Boris’s charisma and his appeal to Putin that he has a chance to show leadership have melted the block of ice separating the two nations.Boris said: “I had a recent phone call with my Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov where I reinforced the UK’s concern about the grave humanitarian situation in Syria. I urged Russia to use its influence with the Syrian regime to stop the assault on Aleppo, allow much needed aid into the city and help end the suffering of hundreds of thousands of innocent Syrian people. Continue reading