In an amusing slip-up, former British prime minister Boris Johnson was caught on digital camera thanking Russian President Vladimir Putin for his “inspirational leadership”, earlier than correcting himself to thank Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The incident occurred throughout a debate in Britain’s basic Commons on the warfare in Ukraine, reported native media.
In a clip that has been extensively shared on social media, Johnson, together with his trademark dishevelled hair, is seen chatting with the members. “Thanks also, of course, to the inspirational leadership of Vladimir Putin…” he mentioned, earlier than correcting his mistake with a fast embarrassed smile as just a few chuckles are heard within the background.
“… the inspirational leadership of Volodymyr Zelenskyy, forgive me, the Russian forces have in recent days been expelled from large parts of the northeast of the country, around Kharkiv and they’re under increasing pressure in Kherson in the south and I have no doubt that the Ukrainians will win,” Johnson added, referring to the current floor state of affairs within the Russia-Ukraine warfare.
Boris Johnson thanks Vladimir Putin for his “inspirational leadership”, earlier than correcting himself to thank Zelenskyy. pic.twitter.com/KAxT433CeJ
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Prior to this, the previous PM had been talking of the UK’s half in offering weapons for Ukraine, reported UK-based Sky News.
“Thanks to the heroism of the Ukrainian armed forces, thanks in part to the weapons that we are proud to be offering, I congratulate my right honourable friend (James Heappey) on his description of the work of the UK armed forces, the weapons that we’re sending, the huge list…,” Johnson mentioned, as per the report.
The Conservative chief additionally warned towards a Russia-Ukraine deal that concerned a “trade land for peace” settlement.
During his tenure, Johnson met with Zelenskyy a number of instances, together with his ultimate go to coming in August. Zelenskyy later referred to him as a “true friend” and “ally.”
The 58-year-old MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip was compelled to resign from the PM submit in July after a collection of scandals. He was changed by Liz Truss on September 5.