'Crocodile' Vladimir Putin 'completely not to be trusted': NATO allies dissonant on how to beat Russia
Allies of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) may all oppose the actions of Russian President Vladamir Putin but they've all displayed different approaches to dealing with the ongoing problem in Ukraine. However, one NATO ally is making his sentiments quite clear: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
During an interview on Friday with Bloomberg Television, Johnson weighed in with his thoughts about possible negotiations with Putin. According to Johnson, there is no negotiating with Putin as he cannot be trusted.
“How can you deal with a crocodile when it’s in the middle of eating your left leg?” Johnson said in a Bloomberg Television interview on Friday. “The guy’s completely not to be trusted.”
According to Bloomberg, Johnson has also been very vocal about throwing support behind the Ukrainian military as it continues to fight the Russian military. Considering more aggressive actions, Johnson noted that he supports "sending advanced weapons such as Multiple Launch Rocket Systems that can strike targets from a far longer distance." He also believes Zelensky should be more focused on defending the country than reaching a peace agreement with Russia.
"The British prime minister has tried to put his government at the forefront of international efforts to bolster Ukraine’s ability to resist Russia’s aggression and has built a personal rapport with Zelensky," Bloomberg reports.
\u201c"How can you deal with a crocodile when it's in the middle of eating your left leg?"\n\nPrime Minister Boris Johnson is asked about negotiating with Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine\n\nMore from @BloombergTV's exclusive interview: https://t.co/IuAypnJCA5\u201d— Bloomberg UK (@Bloomberg UK) 1653644544
Zelensky also signaled that he agrees with the perspective. “Pressure on Russia is literally a matter of saving lives,” Zelensky said during an overnight address. “Every day of delay, weakness, various disputes or proposals to ‘appease’ the aggressor at the expense of the victim is new killed Ukrainians. And new threats to everyone on our continent.”
Johnson said it is “absolutely vital that we continue to support the Ukrainians militarily.”
On the other side of the spectrum, there are leaders that believe a peace deal could be effective. France’s President Emmanuel Macron believes it is possible to reach a peace agreement with Putin. However, an analysis published by The Conversation has made it clear that such an effort might be "pointless."
"Putin’s war has dragged on for longer than he expected, according to western intelligence. Putin might retort that all is going according to plan. But it’s undeniable that brave, resilient Ukrainians refuse to surrender regardless of Russian efforts," wrote The Conversation's Deborah de Lange.
She added, "For this reason, Macron may believe that Putin wants to negotiate a way out the war after so much embarrassment, exhaustion and failure. But the day after Victory Day, Russia attacked Odesa. The same day, Macron publicly pushed for an oil embargo on Russia, as if in retaliation for the betrayal in Odesa."
Based on her assessment, she wrote: "The evidence suggests that diplomacy is unlikely to work with Putin. The West should not delay action based on speculations about his intentions, or compromise on substantial issues for Ukraine such as joining NATO or the EU. Instead, the West should increase punitive sanctions against Russia and its associated allies, and engage in a full defensive effort against Putin and Russia."
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