Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov says ‘that no modifications for the higher are anticipated’ beneath the brand new UK prime minister.
Russia doesn’t anticipate any enchancment to its unfriendly relations with the UK beneath new Prime Minister Liz Truss, the Kremlin has stated.
“Judging by statements made by Madame Truss when she was nonetheless overseas minister … one can say with a lot certainty that no modifications for the higher are anticipated,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by the state TASS company on Tuesday.
His feedback got here shortly earlier than Truss formally assumed her new position after being appointed by Queen Elizabeth II the day after profitable the management race of the ruling Conservative Celebration.
Beneath her predecessor, Boris Johnson, the UK was one of many staunchest supporters of Ukraine following Russia’s invasion greater than six months in the past.
In July, Russian politicians have been fast to rejoice the downfall of Johnson, casting the British chief as a “silly clown” who had lastly obtained his simply reward for arming Ukraine towards Russia.
“He doesn’t like us, we don’t like him both,” Peskov stated shortly earlier than Johnson introduced his resignation exterior Downing Road on July 7 within the face of a sequence of ethics scandals.
In his speech saying he was stepping down as Conservative Celebration chief however deliberate to remain on as prime minister until a replacement was picked, Johnson addressed the folks of Ukraine, pledging that the UK would “proceed to again your battle for freedom for so long as it takes”.
Even earlier than Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the February 24 invasion of Ukraine, Johnson had repeatedly criticised Putin. After the invasion, Johnson despatched weapons to Ukraine and imposed severe sanctions on Russia, whereas additionally twice travelling to Kyiv to fulfill Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
In his every day tackle late on Monday, Zelenskyy congratulated Truss, describing her as somebody “we all know properly in Ukraine”.
He went on to say Truss “has at all times been on the brilliant aspect of European politics, and I imagine that collectively we will do far more for the safety of our folks and failure of all damaging Russian efforts.”