The UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, said that any peace talks would likely to fail because of “crocodile” Putin.
Johnson added that dealing with Putin is like “a crocodile when it’s got your leg in its jaws” and emphasized it is vital that the West continues arming Ukraine.
“His (Putin’s) strategy, which is evident, is to try engulf and capture as much of Ukraine as he can and perhaps to have some sort of negotiation from a position of strength,” Johnson told reporters, adding, “it is very hard to see how the Ukrainians can negotiate with Putin now given his manifest lack of good faith.”
The UK prime minister added that world leaders, including US president, Joe Biden, agreed on a call this week that they would continue to supply Ukraine with weapons, including artillery, as Russia intensified its attacks on Ukraine’s East.
The news comes as Ukraine and Russia have not held face-to-face peace talks since March 29, and the atmosphere has soured over Ukrainian allegations that Russian troops carried out atrocities in the town of Bucha near Kyiv, but Moscow repeatedly has denied the claims.
Johnson added that Putin has made it clear that he wants to take more Ukrainian territory and could launch a renewed assault on Kyiv.
Boris Johnson added that he will encourage his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, to end his neutrality over the war in Ukraine.
“I have already talked to Narendra Modi about Ukraine and actually the Indians have condemned what happened in Bucha,” he said. “But the UK in particular has to recognise that there is a historic relationship that India has with Russia. I think we have to be alive to that, and just point out where Putin is, I am afraid, letting Russia down badly.”
It is mentionable that India is the world’s biggest buyer of Russia’s weapons and imports its oil. This country abstained in a United Nations vote condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and has not imposed sanctions on Moscow.