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PM Johnson: We were warned with what Russia did in Georgia & Ukraine

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, said in an opinion piece published by The New York Times on Sunday, March 06 that Russia’s actions in Georgia in 2008 and Ukraine in 2014, as well as the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripals in Salisbury, were warnings to the West.

After witnessing Russia’s aggression with Ukraine, Johnson mentioned in an article that the Western countries have failed to learn the lessons from the past events.

Moreover, Johnson states in his opinion that, For too long, we have turned the other cheek. And I know from speaking to my counterparts on recent visits to Poland and Estonia how acutely they feel the threat. No matter how long it will take, we must prevent any creeping normalization of what Russia does in Ukraine.

PM Johnson also claims the lesson from Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008 and seizure of Crimea in 2014 is that accepting results of Russian aggression merely encourages further infringements. 

We can’t let the Kremlin bite off chunks of an independent country, cause massive human suffering, and then return to the fold. To bolster Euro-Atlantic security, we must act immediately. This entails not only bolstering NATO’s eastern flank but also supporting non-NATO European countries that may face Russian aggression, such as Moldova, Georgia, and the western Balkan countries. Those who participate in or aid Russian aggression, such as Belarus, would face the harshest sanctions, according to Johnson.

The six steps which Johnson mentioned in an op-ed published in The New York Times on Sunday to help Ukraine are as follows-

  • Mobilize an international humanitarian coalition for Ukraine
  • Support Ukraine’s effort to defend itself
  • Increase sanctions on Moscow
  • Halt the normalization of Russia’s aggression
  • Renew diplomatic efforts to de-escalate the crisis in coalition with Ukraine
  • Strengthen security and resilence across the Euro-Atlantic area

 

Zurab Kvaratskhelia

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