Zelenskyy says he is “very happy” Boris Johnson survived the vote of confidence

epa09880750 A handout photo provided by Ukraine's Presidential Press Service shows Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson shaking hands during a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine April 9, 2022. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson bestowed on Kyiv on April 9 April made an unannounced visit starting the day after a rocket attack that killed dozens at a train station in the east of the country to show

The two leaders were pictured shaking hands during a meeting in Kyiv, Ukraine (Image: EPA)

Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he was “very happy” Boris Johnson survived last night’s vote of confidence.

The Tory leader narrowly won the vote 211-148 (59%), closer to falling than Theresa May in 2018.

Today the Prime Minister of Ukraine gave his verdict on the result of the voting.

Mr Zelensky described Mr Johnson as “a true friend” as he spoke via video link to an event hosted by the Financial Times.

He told the newspaper: “I’m very happy about it. Boris Johnson is a true friend of Ukraine.

“I see him as our ally and Britain as a great ally.”

Through a translator, Mr. Zelensky added: “Boris supports us. Boris supports Ukraine very concretely.

“I don’t know who was responsible for that decision yesterday, but I’m glad we didn’t lose a very important ally. That’s good news.

‘That’s all I can say.’


Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called his British counterpart a “true friend” (Image: AFP)

Tory rebels had sparked a vote on whether Mr Johnson should carry on after months of the Downing Street scandal, with momentum picking up following the release of Sue Gray’s report on lockdown parties.

Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, the prime minister shared a picture of himself with Mr Zelenskyy over the phone.

“President (Zelensky) just briefed me on ongoing fight against Russian aggression in Donbas,” Mr Johnson tweeted.

“It is clear that the Ukrainian people will not bow to Russian brutality.

“We remain steadfast in our mission to ensure Ukraine’s long-term defense and support.”

In another tweet, he also posted about the shipment of rocket launchers to Ukraine.

The Prime Minister later told MPs on the 1922 Committee that this was the wrong time for “casual domestic political drama”.

And he has insisted to reporters that his 59% profit margin was a “crucial” result that he can “draw a line under.”

But the backlash from politicians across the political spectrum is far from over.

Today, William Hague called on Mr Johnson to step down, saying: “The damage done to his position as Prime Minister is grave.”

The former Tory leader wrote in The Times: “Words have been said that cannot be retracted, reports published that cannot be erased and votes cast showing a greater degree of dissent than any Tory Fuhrer endured and survived.”

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