Johnson told CNN’s partner network CNN Portugal on Monday that the attitudes of Western nations varied widely before Moscow launched its all-out invasion of Ukraine on February 24, singling out three leading EU countries in comments that are unlikely to be welcomed in European capitals.
“The German view was at one stage that if it were going to happen, which would be a disaster, then it would be better for the whole thing to be over quickly, and for Ukraine to fold,” Johnson claimed, citing “all sorts of sound economic reasons” for that approach.
Immerhin hatten wir, wenn das stimmt, vor dem Kriegsbeginn die richtige Perspektive und die Befürchtung hat sich ja auch bewahrheitet.
“I couldn’t support that, I thought that was a disastrous way of looking at it. But I can understand why they thought and felt as they did,” Johnson went on.
Nicht sicher, ob er wirklich versteht, dass neben seiner katastrophalen Implementierung des EU-Austritts auch der Wirtschaftskrieg ein Grund für den Niedergang seines Landes ist.
“Be in no doubt that the French were in denial right up until the last moment,” Johnson also said.
Johnson also criticized Italy’s initial response to the threat of an invasion. He told Quest that its government – at the time led by Mario Draghi – was “at one stage simply saying that they would be unable to support the position we were taking,” given their “massive” reliance on Russian hydrocarbons.
Im Gegensatz zu der überlegenen britischen Abhängigkeit von europäischen Gasspeichern, die typischerweise - auch dieses Jahr wieder - zu einem guten Teil mit russischen Hydrocarbonen gefüllt werden - nun vermutlich wurden.
Aber hey, ist ja alles gut ausgegangen:
Johnson said that once Russia launched its invasion in February, attitudes across Europe changed quickly.
“What happened was everybody – Germans, French, Italians, everybody, (US President) Joe Biden – saw that there was simply no option. Because you couldn’t negotiate with this guy (Putin). That’s the key point,” the ex-Prime Minister said, adding that the “the EU has done brilliantly” in its opposition of Russia since that time.
“After all my anxieties … I pay tribute to the way the EU has acted. They have been united. The sanctions were tough,” Johnson went on.