Boris Johnson India visit live: UK could backfill Polish tanks being sent to Ukraine

Boris Johnson India visit live: UK could backfill Polish tanks being sent to Ukraine

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Britain could send tanks to Poland as “backfill” to allow its military to send its own armory to Ukraine, the PM has announced.

“We are looking more at what we can do to backfill in countries such as Poland, who may want to send heavy weaponry to help defend the Ukrainians,” he told a press conference in India.

“We are looking at sending tanks to Poland to help them as they send some of their T72s to Ukraine.”

“We’ve got to look at what more we can do militarily, we’ve got to keep intensifying the economic sanctions – we want to make sure there is wave after wave of intensifying pressure on Putin.”

The announcement was made by the prime minister while visiting his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi.

The pair have reportedly made “good progress” in negotiating a free trade agreement, which it is hoped will be brokered by Diwali in October, Mr Johnson said.

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Boris Johnson conceded that it was a “realistic possibility” that Russia could win its war in Ukraine by the end of next year, as western officials have briefed.

“The situation is unpredictable at this stage, but we’ve also seen the incredible heroism of the Ukrainian people,” the PM said in India.

“[Putin] will not be able to conquer the spirit of the Ukrainian people.”

He added: “We’ve got to look at what more we can do militarily, we’ve got to keep intensifying the economic sanctions – we want to make sure there is wave after wave of intensifying pressure on Putin.”

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Boris Johnson claims people are more interested in India trade deal than Partygate

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UK ambassador to Ukraine to return to Kyiv

The UK’s ambassador to Ukraine will make a return to Kyiv ahead of the re-opening of the British embassy in the capital.

Shadow foreign secretary David Lammy said: “Very good to see the British ambassador @melsimmonsFCDO returning to Kyiv and the re-opening of the British embassy.

“Grateful for the continued work of all the Embassy team in such difficult circumstances.”

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Public more interested in India trade agreements than Partygate, Boris Johnson claims

The public is more interested in UK trade agreements with India than in the scandal of the No 10 parties, Boris Johnson has suggested.

Instead, Mr Johnson referred to a “memorandum of understanding” he has signed, as a stepping stone to a possible trade deal by the autumn.

“What people want in our country is for the government to get on and focus on issues on which we were elected and that’s what we’re going to do.”

Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick has more:

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UK considers sending tanks to Poland so ally can give armored vehicles to Ukraine

The UK is considering a plan to send tanks to Poland in a “backfilling” operation so the European ally can pass on its own tanks to Ukraine, Boris Johnson has announced.

“We are looking more at what we can do to backfill in countries such as Poland, who may want to send heavy weaponry to help defend the Ukrainians,” he told a press conference in India.

“We are looking at sending tanks to Poland to help them as they send some of their T72s to Ukraine.”

“We’ve got to look at what more we can do military, we’ve got to keep intensifying the economic sanctions – we want to make sure there is wave after wave of intensifying pressure on Putin.”

Adam Forrest has the story:

Emily Atkinson22 April 2022 12:22

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UK will make moves to ‘fix’ NI protocol if needed, says PM

Boris Johnson has said the UK is ready to take measures if necessary to “fix” the Northern Ireland Protocol with the EU.

He told a news conference in New Delhi: “The protocol really does not command the confidence of a large, large component of the population in Northern Ireland. We have to address that, we have to fix that.

“We think we can do it with some very simple and reasonable steps. We have talked repeatedly to our friends and partners in the EU. We will continue to talk to them.

“But as I have said many times now we don’t rule out taking steps now if those are necessary.”

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Britain is looking to send tanks to countries like Poland to “backfill” so they can send their own armory into Ukraine, the PM has announced.

Emily AtkinsonApril 22, 2022, 11:55 a.m.

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Watch live as Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi give joint briefing

Watch live as Boris Johnson and Narendra Modi give joint briefing

Emily Atkinson22 April 2022 11:51

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When asked if he will still be prime minister by the time the UK hopes to firm up its trade deal with India in October, Boris Johnson said: “Yes.”

It comes as simmering disquiet over Mr Johnson’s premiership appears to have reached boiling point from within the Tory party ranks.

Emily Atkinson22 April 2022 11:50

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