The battle in Ukraine will not be a stand-off between Russia and the West however Vladimir Putin’s “diabolical attempt to crush the life out” of Ukrainians, Boris Johnson stated.
The Prime Minister stated he was not involved that backing Putin right into a nook would result in a nuclear response, arguing the Russian President has “political space to back down”.
And he didn’t rule out a prisoner swap to make sure the discharge of two Brits captured by Russia in Ukraine.
Asked if he was involved over the Kremlin’s threats to Nato over “World War Three”, Mr Johnson informed TalkTV: “The incredible thing about the continuing conflict is that the Russian public overwhelmingly back Putin.
“Therefore he has the political margin, far more political margin for manoeuvre within Russia […] People say we have to worry about what Putin might do because of the risk of his defeat, I think he has got a lot room for manoeuvre.”
Mr Johnson stated the Russian Government needed to “present this as a confrontation between Russia and the West” however he stated “that is not what is going on”.
“We cannot accept the idea that this is some sort of stand-off between Russia and the West,” he stated.
Asked whether or not he supported feedback made by Armed Forces minister James Heappey about Ukraine utilizing UK-provided weapons to focus on Russian bases, the PM stated he didn’t need the disaster “to escalate beyond Ukraine’s borders”.
But he added the Ukrainians “have a right to defend themselves”.
Mr Johnson additionally stated the UK would “do what we can” to assist Aiden Aslin and Shaun Pinner – two British males who’ve been captured by Russia in Ukraine.
He confirmed Facebook will likely be taking down a video of Mr Aslin being threatened with the dying penalty after Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries referred to as former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg, who’s now vice chairman of worldwide affairs at Facebook’s mother or father firm Meta.
Mr Johnson stated each males weren’t hostages and Russia shouldn’t be “parading [them] in front of cameras”.
The household of Mr Aslin need Russia to free him after he appeared in a video asking to be a part of a prisoner swap in alternate for pro-Russian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, held by Ukraine.
“It is very important to understand that Aiden and other UK nationals who have been fighting for the Ukraine armed forces who get captured are not hostages and they are not to be swapped as though they are terrorists – they are prisoners of war,” he stated.
“They are, therefore, entitled to rights under the Geneva Convention. They should not be paraded in front of the cameras. They should not be made to give hostage videos – that is a breach of their rights as prisoners of war.”