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Britain's Johnson Warns Against Attempts To 'Renormalize' Relations With Russia

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3.19.22
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned that the West should not attempt to "renormalize relations" with Russian President Vladimir Putin following his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Speaking at a Conservative Party conference on March 19, Johnson called Russia's military action against its neighbor a "turning point for the world." "There are some around the world...who say that we're better off making accommodations with tyranny.... I believe they are profoundly wrong," the British leader said in the northwestern city of Blackpool. "To try to renormalize relations with Putin after this, as we did in 2014, would be to make exactly the same mistake again, and that is why Putin must fail."

"This is a turning point for the world and it's a moment of choice. It's a choice between freedom and oppression," he said. The prime minister's comments came as his foreign secretary, Liz Truss, told The Times newspaper that the Kremlin appeared to be using peace talks between Moscow and Kyiv as a "smokescreen" for more extreme Russian military actions. "I'm very skeptical," Truss said in an interview. "What we've seen is an attempt to create space for the Russians to regroup. Their invasion isn't going according to plan. "I fear the negotiation is yet another attempt to create a diversion and create a smokescreen. I don't think we're yet at a point for negotiation," she added.


Despite my general distaste of Boris Johnson, I beliee he is correct here, at least as it applies to a Russian Federation ruled by Vladimir Putin.
 

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Despite my general distaste of Boris Johnson, I beliee he is correct here, at least as it applies to a Russian Federation ruled by Vladimir Putin.

Boris is not my favorite English politician either, but he is correct.

It is going to be very difficult now for the west to deal with Russia in any sense, Putin has taken things in a direction that suggests decades of 60's to 80's type Cold War mentality.
 

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Love how the rats are fleeing the ship... wonder if he is afraid of a Russian hit squad going after him for defying his master Putin.
 

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A new era of the Russian Containment policies from post WWII.
 

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It makes no sense to renormalize with Russia as long as Putin is in charge. Yes, the "negotiations" are a smokescreen. Hopefully, Zelensky stating he's open to negotiations that, IMO, involve capitulation by Ukraine are also a smokescreen.
 

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Despite my general distaste of Boris Johnson, I beliee he is correct here, at least as it applies to a Russian Federation ruled by Vladimir Putin.

There can no longer be normal relations with this abnormal despot.
 

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Despite my general distaste of Boris Johnson, I beliee he is correct here, at least as it applies to a Russian Federation ruled by Vladimir Putin.

Cold War, baby. No detente. 👍
 

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Despite my general distaste of Boris Johnson, I beliee he is correct here, at least as it applies to a Russian Federation ruled by Vladimir Putin.
While BoJo wouldn't be the first in the queu to beg for Oligarch money if relations normalized, he would be among the first.
 

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Johnson is an opportunist charlatan, with a long history of dishonesty. He lives down to the appellation "Britain's Trump."

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That's how Trump became president. Stepping in front of a parade and acting like the Grand Marshal.
 
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