Prime Minister Speaks to Polish PM and Russian President

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has spoken by phone to Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish Prime Minister, and toe Vladimir Putin, the Russian President.

A spokesperson for Johnson said about the Polish call:

“Prime Minister Boris Johnson today spoke with Prime Minister Morawiecki of Poland to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. The PM said Poland was a key ally in the Second World War, and our forces fought shoulder to shoulder on land, sea and air against the Nazis. The PM expressed regret that Prime Minister Morawiecki and Polish Citizens had been unable to attend commemorations which had been planned prior to the coronavirus pandemic, and stressed the huge appreciation which the UK has for the sacrifices which Poland had made.

The PM and the Prime Minster Morawiecki agreed on the huge importance of the UK/Poland relationship, and said there is much for our two countries to work on together, from security to trade issues. On the response to coronavirus, the PM said there are many Polish frontline workers serving in the UK, and thanked them for all of their incredible hard work. The PM urged a global fight against the pandemic and said he hoped that Poland can join the virtual Global Vaccine Summit which the UK is hosting on 4 June.”

The spokesperson added about the call to Putin:

“The Prime Minister spoke to President Putin today to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day. They paid tribute to the collaboration between British and Russian forces during the Second World War, including through the Arctic convoys, and to the heroism and sacrifice of all those who lost their lives. They also discussed the bilateral relationship between our countries. The Prime Minister was clear we should maintain dialogue but that obstacles to further progress remained.

The leaders spoke about the coronavirus pandemic and agreed on the importance of continuing to work together and with other countries to defeat the disease. The Prime Minister invited President Putin to take part in the Global Vaccine Summit that the UK will host virtually in June, to strengthen healthcare systems and tackle coronavirus in some of the world’s poorest countries.”