Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for the United Kingdom to provide jet fighters to Ukraine to help repel Russian forces from their territory.
Speaking on the eve of the anniversary of Russia’s invasion, Johnson suggested that the UK should “break the ice” and send Royal Air Force (RAF) Typhoons to the Ukrainian government.
In an interview with Sky News, Johnson cited Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s appeal for US F16 fighters, but stated that the UK could supply Typhoons instead.
“If it is a question of training people up to use those machines, we can do that,” he said.
Johnson emphasised that it is “absolutely crucial” for the Ukrainians to have the equipment they need to drive out Russian forces and prevent them from regrouping for another offensive.
He warned that without assistance, there is a risk that Russian President Vladimir Putin could claim a “victory” in the conflict.
In addition, Johnson criticised China for potentially supporting Russia by supplying it with weapons.
He called it a “historic mistake” for China to associate with Putin, whom he described as a “gangster and adventurer.” Johnson argued that China should distance itself from Russia’s actions in Ukraine.
“Why does China want to be contaminated by association with Putin?” he asked. “I think it would be a big, big mistake by China.”
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