Index - Abroad - Moscow-Kiev dispute: British Prime Minister and NATO Secretary General discuss possible sanctions

The British prime minister and NATO secretary-general are already worried about what will happen if Russia possibly invades Ukraine.

Boris Johnson and Jens Stoltenberg agreed that if this happened, severe economic sanctions would have to be imposed on Moscow.

The two politicians expressed concern mainly about people’s lives. At the same time, they stressed that Moscow can only achieve tension relief through substantive negotiations. Boris Johnson and Jens Stoltenberg also believe that Ukraine must be guaranteed to aspire to NATO membership freely, an MTI London correspondent wrote.

The British Prime Minister also discussed with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who said he had already begun preparations for economic sanctions against Moscow with his London allies. Johnson reaffirmed that Britain and its NATO allies are committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The British Prime Minister and the President of Ukraine agreed on the need to find a solution to the current crisis through dialogue and diplomacy.

Johnson also recently spoke over the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin, to whom he also expressed the British government’s concerns about the unification of Russian military troops along the Ukrainian border. The British prime minister reaffirmed the need to ease tensions through diplomatic means, but London is committed to Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty. Both the British prime minister and the Russian president believed that the terms of the Minsk agreement to resolve the Ukrainian crisis should be respected by all concerned.

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