The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said his believes relations with Vladimir Putin cannot be “renormalised” as he is “grossly violating” human rights and international law in Ukraine.
Johnson told LBC radio that “repentance is going to be very difficult for Vladimir Putin now,” in an interview which was recorded on Wednesday.
On Wednesday the British Prime Minister visited Finland and Sweden to sign a military co-operation agreement and stressed that the UK is backing them.
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Johnson added, “Nothing is impossible, I suppose, but I just cannot see for the life of me how we can renormalise relations with Putin now.
“He has grossly violated human rights, international law. He’s guilty of absolutely barbaric onslaught on a totally innocent country.
“And to renormalise would be to make the mistake that we made in 2014 (following the annexing of Crimea).
“And if the Ukrainians were to do any kind of deal with Putin now, the risk is that he would do exactly the same thing, and they know it.
“So the short answer is no. No renormalisation and the UK is very clear about that.”
Johnson has suggested on Wednesday that the UK could provide Sweden with nuclear support against Putin’s regime as Britain has pledged to come to the aid of Finland also should the two countries come under attack by Russia.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has previously warned Finland and Sweden “should not base their security on damaging the security of other countries.”
Russia warned, “Their accession to NATO can have detrimental consequences and face some military and political consequences.”