Prime Minister Speaks to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, spoke to Jens Stoltenberg (in above photo), the NATO Secretary General and covered the situation in Ukraine.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said in a statement:

“They shared grave concerns about the consequences of any Russian invasion of Ukraine, especially the cost in human lives from the ensuing conflict. They agreed on the importance of severe economic sanctions if Russia did invade.

The Prime Minister and the Secretary General also underlined the importance of Russia not closing the door on dialogue, noting that the only way forward was for Russia to de-escalate and engage in meaningful discussions.

They agreed that Ukraine had to be free to aspire to NATO membership, and the Prime Minister reaffirmed the UK’s full support to NATO and the protection of the alliance.”

Stoltenberg posted on Twitter:

“Spoke with #UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss security in Europe & the situation in & around #Ukraine. We stand united in #NATO, ready to defend each other & ready to meet again in the NATO-#Russia Council.”