Speaking to Kay Burley, Zelenskyy said it’d be a “pleasure” to see Boris in an ambassadorial role for Britain in Ukraine, though stuck loyally to Rishi on the question of whether he’d like Boris back as Prime Minister.
“Embassy? He will be ambassador from Britain in Ukraine? With pleasure! He is good guy, I’m not sure he is ready for such theaters but who knows, with pleasure. With pleasure.”
“I think it is not correct to me to support Johnson to be Prime Minister when Rishi is Prime Minister, it’s not correct I’m sorry. We have good relations with Sunak. I think we had more long relations with Johnson because it was more long time, and of course we’re in difficult time – a full scale invasion – and I saw Johnson in different situations, I saw him not in war and then in full scale war. That is why, we have special relations.”
The real special relationship…
Zelenskyy received a hero’s welcome in Washington overnight, with a speech to Congress that garnered multiple standing ovations. On the 300th day of the war in Ukraine, Zelenskyy told US politicians, “Your money is not charity. It is an investment in global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way,” adding “There can’t be any ‘just peace’ in the war that was imposed on us.”
He unveiled a Ukrainian flag, given to him by soldiers who asked for him to take it to the US on his visit.
At least his visit this time went a little better than when he went to meet Trump…
Ipsos MORI have been making a list, and no doubt checking it twice, of who the British public ranks as naughty and nice. With the exception of President Zelenskyy, voters put politicians firmly on the naughty list. The five public figures set to be most disappointed by Santa this year were:
Piers Morgan also joined this esteemed collective, alongside Kanye West, Rishi Sunak, Elon Musk, Suella Braverman and Nicola Sturgeon. At least Piers should be used to low ratings by now.
And topping the nice list:
One notable absence from either contingent is Keir Starmer, for whom only 20% of people put on either list, with slightly more calling him naughty. It seems Sir Keir didn’t leave much of an impression…
It turns out that left-wingers the world over, not least in Britain, may have rushed too quickly to delight in yesterday’s news that hard-right Brazillian president Bolsonaro had been defeated by the hard-left, former convict Lula.
Jeremy Corbyn said his victory is “I hope, a comeback for humanity”; McDonnell agreed with him, calling the election result the “progressive movement’s breakthrough”. Dawn Butler said it was the “winning politics of hope over division”. Zarah Sultana is currently partying in Brazil…
It turns out the new president may not be so welcomed so warmly by the people of Ukraine. While Zelenskyy diplomatically congratulated the new president, Lula has hardly indicated he plans on being an ally to the country in its heroic fight against Russia.
Zelenskyy is, according to Lula, “as responsible as Putin for the war”, calling him “a bit weird” and accusing him of waging war to “show up on TV”. He also claims in his interview with Time Magazine that people are “stimulating hate against Putin”…
“Can you really say that to Zelensky? He didn’t want a war it came to him.
“He did want war. If he didn’t want war, he would have negotiated a little more. That’s it. I criticized Putin when I was in Mexico City [in March], saying that it was a mistake to invade. But I don’t think anyone is trying to help create peace.
People are stimulating hate against Putin. That won’t solve things! We need to reach an agreement. But people are encouraging [the war]. You are encouraging this guy [Zelensky] and then he thinks he is the cherry on your cake. We should be having a serious conversation: “OK, you were a nice comedian. But let us not make war for you to show up on TV.” And we should say to Putin: “You have a lot of weapons, but you don’t need to use them on Ukraine. Let’s talk!”
He went on to argue that the west and Ukraine themselves are responsible for the war:
“it’s not just Putin who is guilty. The US and the EU are also guilty. What was the reason for the Ukraine invasion? NATO? Then the US and Europe should have said: “Ukraine won’t join NATO.” That would have solved the problem.
Lula is apparently a victory for democracy – just not if you’re Ukrainian…
Zelenskyy’s rousing words after astonishing Ukrainian gains against Russia:
“Do you still think we are one people? Do you still think you can scare us, break us, force us to make concessions? Don’t you really get it? Don’t you understand who we are? What we stand for? What we are all about?
Read my lips: Without gas or without you? Without you. Without light or without you? Without you. Without water or without you. Without you. Without food or without you? Without you.
Cold, hunger, darkness and thirst are not as frightening and deadly for us as your friendship and brotherhood. But history will put everything in its place. And we will be with gas, light, water and food…and WITHOUT you!”