Downing Street said the prime minister had gone to Kyiv to offer President Volodymyr Zelensky a major training program for his forces.
The allegations that Boris Johnson missed a conference of parliamentarians in the north of the country for a trip to Ukraine for fear of a bad reception after the partygate were rejected as “conspiracies”.
The organizers of the inaugural conference of the Northern Research Group (NRG) were “puzzled” that the prime minister did not attend, but were told that there was a “good reason” and that it was “important enough,” Sky News reported.
However, this did not stop speculation that Johnson would have canceled his participation in order not to be in a difficult situation following the Partygate scandal and a major revolt of his own parliamentarians.
Johnson’s allies rejected the allegations, with Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace calling them “conspiracies.”
He said there was “a lot of nonsense”, adding that such visits were to be held in “total secrecy” and that it was important for Boris Johnson to show support for an ally at war.
“Helping Ukraine to win and trying to help at home are linked. Part of the inflation we see comes from gas and food prices, which are partly pushed up because of this conflict. Amazing how an important trip can generate so many conspiracies (…) “, he writes on Twitter.
Sky News reports that a Conservative MP present at the conference was angry that the prime minister did not show up for the event, adding that he was told that Johnson “was on the train to Doncaster” on Friday morning.
“This is the first test of closeness to his colleagues and he failed,” he said.
NRG leader Jake Berry said people were “disappointed” by Johnson’s failure to appear. He said the summit emphasized the importance of giving more control over the region so that it would not depend solely on Whitehall politicians. He also said that if the people of the north are not able to see the benefits of leveling, the Conservatives will have problems in the next general election.
“The Prime Minister’s move is a matter of Downing Street,” Berry told Channel 4 News.
“It simply came to our notice then. We had over 30 colleagues here and 400 members. What I have presented today (Friday – no.) Here are extremely positive ideas from the north, for the north, which are designed to attract those voters in Wakefield and throughout the north of England. It is about fueling this debate about how here in the north of England we can take control of our destiny without depending on a Prime Minister in Whitehall or Kyiv or wherever he is at any given time. it changes our lives. Whoever the prime minister is, no matter what the Conservative Party manifesto is, if people do not feel good about what the Conservatives are doing in the north, it will be a very difficult election. I would not run away from this, “he said.
Henri Murison, director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, who also attended the NRG event, said Boris Johnson’s decision not to attend was a “missed opportunity.”
Downing Street said Boris Johnson had met with President Zelensky in Kyiv to discuss Ukraine’s fight against Russia and to provide a major training program for Ukrainian forces “to help support their heroic defense.”
The government says the UK-led program has the potential to train up to 10,000 soldiers every 120 days and will help both new and existing Ukrainian soldiers.
The initiative will train and train the Ukrainian armed forces using the British Army’s proven fighting expertise, enabling them to accelerate their deployment, rebuild their forces and intensify their resistance while continuing to defend their nation’s sovereignty against Russian invaders. Downing Street.
Johnson became the first leader of a G7 country to travel to Kyiv for the first time in April.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry said at the time: “We welcome Boris Johnson to Kyiv … Be brave, like Boris. Be brave, like Ukraine. ”
The most recent trip came a day after French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis and Italian leader Mario Draghi met with Zelenski.
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