Britain became Ukraine’s top ally.
I’d imagine I wasn’t the only one who, upon seeing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson courageously ambling through Kyiv earlier this month, harkened back to the great Winston Churchill’s strolls through wartime London eight decades ago.
While Britain and Russia’s relationship hit lows not seen in two generations, Johnson visited Moscow as recently as late 2017 while serving as Foreign Secretary. And while there, he publicly declared himself “a committed Russophile.”
Becoming the prime minister 18 months later, Johnson permitted Russian financial influence in London, enabling Putin’s goons to enrich themselves, exert influence in British politics, and even silence opposition media.
But Putin’s abominable actions in Ukraine ended any amicability.
Last summer, Johnson surprised many foreign policy gurus by deploying British aircraft carriers within a few miles of Crimea. This intrepid move angered the Kremlin and contrasted significantly with President Joe Biden’s reluctance to get tough on Russia, including the cancellation of U.S. Navy deployments to the Black Sea.
Meanwhile, since Putin’s gruesome war began nearly two months ago in Europe, Johnson has redoubled his military support for Ukraine.
London sent thousands of its next-generation light anti-tank weapon systems to Kyiv even before the war. Britain has also added anti-ship and anti-air systems to assist Ukraine’s noble efforts.
Reports recently claimed Britain is directly training Ukrainian fighters, just as the Biden administration withdraws American personnel.
Experts say Britain has clearly taken the lead in supporting Ukraine, contrasting the feeble non-interventionist Biden administration that ignores recent history.
It’s no wonder we are also told Ukrainian officials now believe Johnson is their most reliable ally. While BoJo strolls through central Kyiv, Biden wastes time on climate shenanigans in Seattle and pitches failed infrastructure plans in Iowa. It’s aimless peace-through-appeasement at its worst.
Support for President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is popular in Britain, which probably helps Johnson distract from his ongoing domestic ordeals redolent of Democrat politicians in the United States.
More than two years after Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, Johnson clearly does not wish his island to retreat from the world but rather reconstitute itself as a global power. That, thankfully, includes taking on Communist China’s noxious aims.
Surely the erstwhile London mayor remains wary of losing significant post-Brexit trade influence with Beijing, but standing against evil and proving Britain is still capable of global leadership should take precedence.
At least we hope it does. I bet Churchill would, too.