British Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in August 2022
© Alexey Furman / Getty ImagesBritish Prime Minister Boris Johnson during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky in August 2022.
Kiev is fighting "for our own interest" at a comparatively small cost, the former British prime minister has said.

The Ukrainians are fighting the West's fight with Russia and do not ask for much, so the money and resources put into the country generate "fantastic value," according to former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The politician, who reportedly personally derailed a nascent peace agreement between Moscow and Kiev in 2022, discussed his policy choices on Thursday with students of Georgetown University, one of the leading breeding grounds of American political elites.

The theme of the lecture was the superiority of democracy, a political system "by which we kick the bastards out," as the Conservative politician phrased it. Johnson himself was forced out in 2022, after a string of scandals and accusations that his government had deceived the British public.

Arming Ukraine against Russia is part of the global fight for democracy, he told the students. And the tens of billions of dollars it requires from the West are "a fraction of US annual defense spending."
"There could be no more effective way of investing in Western security than investing in Ukraine, because those guys without a single pair of American boots on the ground are fighting for the West," Johnson said. The Ukrainians "are effectively fighting our own fight, fighting for our own interests."

Comment: He is right about this. Ukrainians are fighting for them and the toll in human lives alone exceeds 400,000 soldiers for the Ukrainian army, including thousands of foreign mercenaries.

Early in the conflict, the US and its allies assumed a Russian victory would be swift, and such an outcome "would have been a nightmare," Johnson suggested, painting Ukraine as a vibrant democracy.
"In Ukrainian elections you don't know the outcome in advance," he said.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky declined to hold elections this year, citing the state of martial law. The deadline for Ukrainians to vote in a new leader passed in March, and Zelensky's term will expire in May.

Johnson went on to claim that "in Ukraine journalists don't get shot." However, there have been several high profile incidents of media workers being killed in the country. Journalists Oles Buzina and Pavel Shermet were assassinated in 2015 and 2016 respectively. No one has been brought to trial in either case.

Comment: If there is a trial about this, he will be the main suspect, together with his puppet Vladimir Zelenski.

The journalist, Oles Buzina killed in Ukraine was writing about real conditions on the ground and was a big critic of the official Ukrainian politics, so he was announced as the 'enemies of the state', and shortly after that, he was assassinated.

It does not look like Putin did that. Biden, Johnson, Zelenski, and the gang did it.

Boris Johnson is directly responsible for not allowing Zelensky to accept the peace agreement with Russia about a month after Russia started the Special Military Operation.

The former prime minister also said he was skeptical of claims that Donald Trump intends to pressure Kiev into ceding territory to Moscow, if re-elected as US president.
"Think about what it might mean to a new president to have a triumph for [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and the humiliation of the West," he explained.
Trump was the first US leader to send weapons to Ukraine, Johnson recalled, stressing that the Republican's actions would not necessarily follow his rhetoric.