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Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told CNN Portugal how Western countries viewed a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine before February 24 and how they changed their attitude after.

“It was a huge shock … we could see Russian battalion tactical groups pile up, but different countries had very different points of view,” Johnson said.

The former British prime minister stressed that later the EU countries rallied around Ukraine and began to support it. However, according to him, before the Russian invasion, the positions of the allies diverged.

So, at a certain point in Germany, it was believed that if the war starts, then Ukraine would be better off surrendering. “Germany at some point believed that if this (invasion) happened, which would be a disaster, then it would be better to end everything quickly, and Ukraine to surrender,” Johnson said. According to him, this approach was explained by “all sorts of good economic reasons.”

France until the last did not believe in the possibility of a Russian invasion of Ukraine. “Do not doubt that the French refused to believe it until the very last moment,” said the former head of the British government.

In turn, the Italian government, under the leadership of former Prime Minister Mario Draghi, according to Johnson, at some point announced that it would not be able to support the position of other countries due to dependence on Russian hydrocarbons.

After the Russian invasion, the attitude of European leaders towards the war changed, Johnson said. “Everyone – Germans, French, Italians, (U.S. President) Joe Biden – saw that there was simply no choice. Because it was not possible to agree with this guy (Russian President Vladimir Putin). This is a key moment,” the former prime minister said. He added that since then “the EU has done brilliantly” in its opposition to Russia.

After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Germany, France and Italy declared their support for Kyiv. They joined the sanctions against the Russian Federation, supply Ukraine with weapons, and also promised to help rebuild the country after the war.

Boris Johnson served as British Prime Minister from 2019-2022. Since the beginning of the war, the country has become one of the leaders in supporting Ukraine. Johnson himself made three visits to Kyiv after the start of the invasion.

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