“If Putin is allowed to get away with his murder and mayhem, and to change the borders of Europe by force, then he will simply do it again, elsewhere on the periphery of the former Soviet Union”
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recalled that it was Putin’s “barbaric invasion that spooked the energy markets” in his op-ed for the Daily Mail.
“It is Putin’s war that is costing British consumers, doubling their energy bill. “I am afraid Putin knows it. He likes it. And he wants us to buckle,” Johnson noted.
The Russian president believes that “soft” European politicians will not have the stomach for the struggle — that this coming winter, “we will throw in the sponge, take off the sanctions and go begging for Russian oil and gas,” wrote Johnson.
With every month that goes by Putin’s position grows weaker, Johnson concludes, adding that Putin’s ability “to bully and blackmail is diminishing,” while Britain’s position “will grow stronger.”
“Now is the time for the West to double down our support, not to go wobbly,” Johnson concluded.