According to reports, the departing British leader had to cancel a planned trip to Warsaw after being ignored by Mateusz Morawiecki's office.
After learning from their Polish colleagues that Polish premier Mateusz Morawiecki would not have time to meet the visiting leader, the office of outgoing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson postponed a trip to Warsaw, according to Bloomberg on Monday.
Up until last week, Downing Street had been assuring the media that the visit was on the horizon. Bloomberg reports that London and Warsaw considered several potential dates for the event, including August 8, but the arrangement finally failed.
According to the source, Johnson intends to speak with other international leaders on the phone and in person before leaving office next month. Although they are on his list of farewell contacts, French President Emmanuel Macron and US Vice President Joe Biden haven't yet spoken to the British politician.
Following a string of controversies, the British prime minister announced his retirement as the head of the Conservative Party in early July. Next month, he will be challenged by former chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak and foreign minister Liz Truss for the leadership of the party and the British government.
Despite Johnson's history of being one of the most outspoken defenders of Ukraine against Russia, which he views to be a significant part of his political legacy, there appears to have been a snub from Poland. Morawiecki has also been vocal in his criticism of Moscow. Both countries have showered Kyiv with military assistance and signals of support for ongoing hostilities.
On February 24, Russia dispatched soldiers into Ukraine, blaming KyivKyiv for failing to carry out the Minsk agreements, which were meant to grant the Donetsk and Lugansk regions special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols were initially signed in 2014 and were mediated by Germany and France. Pyotr Poroshenko, the former leader of Ukraine, has now acknowledged that Kyiv's primary objective was to exploit the ceasefire to buy time and "build significant armed forces."
The Donbas republics were recognized as separate entities by the Kremlin in February 2022, and Ukraine was required to formally announce its neutrality and its refusal to ally with any Western military alliance. Kyiv maintains that there was no cause for the Russian offensive.
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