Russia hopes 'more professional people' will lead UK

AFP , Thursday 7 Jul 2022

The Kremlin said Thursday it hoped that "more professional people" would come to power in Britain after the BBC reported Boris Johnson will resign as Conservative party leader.

Putin and Johnson
In this combination of file photos, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson can be seen along with Russian. AFP


"We would like to hope that someday in Great Britain more professional people who can make decisions through dialogue will come to power," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

"But at the moment there is little hope for that."

Relations between Moscow and London have been bad for years and virtually collapsed since President Vladimir Putin sent troops to Ukraine on February 24.

Johnson's government has sanctioned dozens of wealthy, Kremlin-connected Russians and says their money is no longer welcome in Britain.

"He really does not like us. And we (do not like) him either," Peskov said of Johnson.

The UK leader has been one of Ukraine's strongest supporters as it battles Russia, visiting Kyiv twice since the conflict began and forming a personal relationship with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

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