Boris Johnson to Meet U.S. Republicans, Push Ukraine Aid

WASHINGTON (Reuters) —
Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits the town of Borodianka, heavily damaged during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, outside of Kyiv, Ukraine Jan. 22. (REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi/File Photo)

Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will meet with Republican lawmakers this week as he presses the United States to sustain aid to Ukraine.

Johnson is scheduled to speak at a private Republican club in Washington on Tuesday evening, said Representative Joe Wilson, a member of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. He is also scheduled to meet with a group of Republican senators, said Senator Todd Young on Monday, though he said he was unaware of the exact timing of the talks.

On Wednesday, Johnson will discuss the need for “Western unity and support for Ukraine and what more can be done against the threat Russia poses” at the Atlantic Council think tank.

In a Washington Post opinion piece published on Monday, Johnson argued for the admission of Ukraine to the NATO security alliance.

“Ukrainians should be given everything they need to finish this war, as quickly as possible, and we should begin the process of admitting Ukraine to NATO, and begin it now,” he wrote.

Wilson, who will be among the lawmakers meeting Johnson, is a staunch Ukraine supporter, having even suggested the placement of a bust of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in the U.S. Capitol.

Johnson’s office did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the office of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican lawmaker.

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