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The Independent

Zelensky dismisses Putin as a ‘no one’ however hails ‘particular bond’ with Johnson

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky branded Vladimir Putin a “no one” as he urged that it was too late for face-to-face talks with the Russian chief to make any distinction.

Mr Zelensky, who turned 45 on Wednesday, additionally praised his “particular bond” with Boris Johnson however declined to say whether or not he wish to see him return as prime minister in the future.

In an interview with Sky News, Mr Zelensky described the Russian president as a “man who stated one factor after which did one other” as he stated he was not interested by assembly him.

Who’s he now? After full-scale invasion, for me he’s a no one

Volodymyr Zelensky on Vladimir Putin

Talking in English, he stated: “It isn’t attention-grabbing for me. Not attention-grabbing to satisfy, not attention-grabbing to talk. Why? As a result of we had assembly with him in Normandy Format, it was earlier than full-scale invasion.

“I noticed the person who stated one factor after which did one other. So for me, I can’t perceive – is it his choices or any individual else? So to satisfy what – to shake arms? Not attention-grabbing. To talk? I actually don’t perceive who makes choices in Russia.”

Requested if it was too late for one-on-one talks with Mr Putin to show helpful in resolving the conflict, Mr Zelensky stated: “Too late, not attention-grabbing. Who’s he now? After full-scale invasion, for me he’s a no one.”

The interview additionally noticed the wartime chief quizzed on his relationship with Mr Johnson, who following the invasion final yr shortly grew to become probably the most vocal backers of Ukraine on the world stage.

Since his Downing Avenue exit, he has continued to supply wholehearted help to Mr Zelensky and has referred to as on western allies to arm Ukraine with the sources it wants to assist finish the conflict.

Mr Zelensky declined to say whether or not Mr Johnson ought to get an official position representing the UK on Ukraine, showing to snicker on the suggestion and indicating that the previous PM won’t be prepared for such a job.

“He’s good man,” he stated. “Who is aware of? With pleasure, with pleasure, actually.”

However he declined to say whether or not he wish to see Mr Johnson enter Downing Avenue once more, as a substitute praising his “good relations” with Rishi Sunak.

“I feel that’s not right for me to help Johnson to be prime minister.

“We’ve got good relations with Sunak. I feel we had extra lengthy relations with Johnson, as a result of it was extra long-time.

“I noticed Johnson in numerous conditions, I noticed him not in conflict after which in full-scale conflict, that’s why we have now particular relations.”

The Ukrainian chief additionally used the interview to warn there have to be no delay within the US and Germany sending tanks to the nation.

In a serious breakthrough, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz this week authorised the provision of the Leopard 2 tanks to Kyiv, whereas the US confirmed it should ship 31 M1 Abrams tanks.

The UK had already develop into the primary western nation to vow most important battle tanks, with round 14 Challenger 2s pledged by Mr Sunak.

Mr Zelensky stated: “Total I’m grateful to the world for his or her help of Ukraine. But when we’re speaking frankly and actually with you, the variety of tanks and supply time are of essential and significant significance, compared to the choice that has been made.

“We’ve got authorised circumstances of weapons to be despatched to us, however we nonetheless haven’t obtained them.

“Generally the supply of the weapons takes months, you perceive?”

He stated he didn’t blame anybody, however added that “a way of reduction comes solely after the weapons, which our companions give us, are already being utilized by our military”.

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