The PM survived an attempt by Tory MPs to oust him on Monday. Conservatives voted by 211 to 148 in the secret ballot in Westminster – substantially succeeding the 117 votes of no confidence that Theresa May received from her own MPs in December 2018.
Speaking about the vote at an event hosted by the Financial Times, Ukraine Zelenskyy said: “I am very happy. He is a true friend of Ukraine.”
“I’m glad we haven’t lost an important ally, this is great news,” he added.
When asked about Zelensky’s comments, the PM’s spokesperson said Johnson “enjoys a very close relationship” with him.
They added: “He believes it’s vital to how the UK is able to adapt and support Ukraine in this fast moving situation.”
Zelensky wasn’t the only Ukrainian figure to comment on the news in Westminster.
One of Zelensky’s senior advisors, Mykhaylo Podolyak, posted on Twitter: “Leadership is always a heavy burden.
“Boris Johnson was one of the first who realised the menace of Russia and stood by Volodymyr Zelenskyy to protect the free world from barbaric invasion.
“The world needs such leaders. The UK is a Great friend of Ukraine. British crown is a shield of democratic world.”
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