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Boris Johnson warns against seeking ‘bad peace’ in Ukraine – POLITICO

KIGALI, Rwanda – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned G7 and NATO allies that they should not encourage Ukraine to accept unfavorable peace terms as Russia’s brutal war drags on.

Speaking to reporters traveling with him to Rwanda, Johnson repeated his concern that “there is a lot of Ukrainian fatigue now in the world.”

He called on Western powers to “give the Ukrainians strategic toughness”, adding that “my message to G7 and NATO colleagues in particular is…now is not the time to settle down and encourage the Ukrainians to be satisfied with a bad peace, for a peace for which they are invited to cede parts of their territory in exchange for a ceasefire.

He warned that such a scenario would be “a disaster” likely to embolden Russian President Vladimir Putin and cause further economic damage to the world.

“It is time to recognize that Ukrainians need help to change the dynamics in Donbass, Severodonetsk and then in the land bridge area in the south,” he added.

Johnson stressed the importance of food security as he left for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali.

“A lot of countries that we are about to see depend on this type of grain,” he said. “Some of the world’s poorest countries are absolutely dependent on grain supplies from Ukraine.”

He ruled out sending the navy, but stressed the need to find a way to get the grain out that is not under Putin’s control.

On the eve of CHOGM’s opening ceremony, Johnson announced £372million in aid for countries hardest hit by rising global food prices.

This includes £130m for the World Food Program and £52m for the UN Global Emergency Response Fund.

Johnson’s visit has already been overshadowed by tensions between Number 10 and Prince Charles, after the future monarch reportedly condemned his controversial plan to send asylum seekers to Rwanda.

At the top, Johnson vowed to stick to his policy despite royal reluctance.

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