In an effort to put an end to the conflict with Russia as early as next year, Boris Johnson has encouraged western nations to “look quickly” at what more they can do to support Ukraine.
In a Wall Street Journal essay, the former prime minister, who was lauded by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as a crucial friend in the nation’s struggle against Russia, said that bringing an end to the conflict as soon as possible is “in everyone’s interest, including Russia.”
When faced with tight financial restrictions, he acknowledged that the substantial financial commitment to Ukraine is “difficult,” but he added that “time is money, and the longer this goes on, the more we will all end up spending in military support.”
Russia’s interest as well as everyone else’s is served by Mr. Putin’s misadventure ending as soon as feasible.
Since leaving office in September, Mr. Johnson has remained a vociferous supporter of Ukrainian initiatives.
After visiting Kiev last month, his successor Rishi Sunak promised to keep the UK’s support for Ukraine going.
Even if Mr. Putin offered it and even if he were to be trusted, which he is not, the former prime minister wrote: “There is no land-for-peace agreement to be done.
The question is how quickly we reach the inevitable conclusion since there is only one way the war can finish.