Boris Johnson has reportedly sought to establish a group of like-minded states as an alternative to the European Union
The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson has advised Ukraine to join a new alliance, which London is reportedly seeking to establish as a parallel structure to the European Union.
Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper published a report on Thursday claiming that there was a growing dispute between Kyiv and the EU over the bloc’s response to Russia’s military attack on Ukraine.
The outlet’s assessment of Kyiv-Brussels relations has apparently stemmed from frequent criticism of the amount and amount of military assistance willing to be provided to Kiev by some senior EU member states, as well as the bloc’s inability to impose sanctions. So far Russian energy imports.
According to Corriere della Sera, citing people familiar with the talks, London has been actively working to establish a “European Commonwealth” for more than a month now. Johnson is reportedly trying to introduce an alternative to the European Union that would include the United Kingdom, Ukraine, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and possibly Turkey. The new alliance will welcome so-called countries that value their sovereignty, advocate of economic liberalism and “Military threat from Moscow.“
The party will probably include political, economic and military dimensions.
Sources told the outlet that Johnson first presented the idea to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky during his surprise visit to Kiev on April 9. Since then, the United Kingdom has relentlessly paid tribute to Ukraine.
The report says that the Ukrainian government has not yet rejected or accepted the proposal.
The paper suggests that Zelensky is waiting for the outcome of the June 23 EU summit, where member states are expected to decide whether to grant Ukraine candidate status, which will pave the way for negotiations to join.
It is also possible, the outlet claims, that rumors of London’s plans to move Kiev away from the EU put additional pressure on member states’ leaders ahead of their meeting next month.
While unanimously condemning Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, individual member states have offered Kiev various levels of military assistance. Despite being away from the richest members of the bloc, Poland and the Baltic states are firmly in the lead in contributing to Ukraine’s defense, while powerhouses like France and Germany have kept their grants relatively modest.
Commenting on the latest Italian media report, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that Russian officials were not aware of Johnson’s intentions, although Moscow would see it as an attempt by London. To provoke a conflict to undermine the position of the EU.