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Boris Johnson and Olaf Scholz hold a press conference on Ukraine

Boris Johnson and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz hold a joint press conference in Downing Street.

Johnson accused Russia of war crimes.

He said:

It is a war crime to indiscriminately attack civilians. Russia’s crimes in Ukraine will not go unnoticed or unpunished.

Johnson said attack on fleeing civilians at Kramatorsk train station was ‘unconscionable’ as he suggested Vladimir PoutineThe forces had been guilty of a war crime.

He told a press conference in Downing Street:

The attack at the train station in eastern Ukraine shows just how far Putin’s once vaunted army has sunk.

At least 39 people killed and dozens injured on a train platform crowded with women and children.

It is a war crime to indiscriminately attack civilians and Russian crimes in Ukraine will not go unnoticed or unpunished.

11:06

Boris Johnson dodged a question about the non-dom status of Rishi Sunak’s wife.

He said:

The Chancellor, Rishi, is doing an absolutely outstanding job… I don’t think people’s families should be involved.

He was then asked another question on the matter and in answering he denied that Number 10 had been briefed against Sunak and his wife. Akshata Murtias has been reported.

He said he didn’t know where the leaks were coming from.

He added that he thought Sunak was doing a “fantastic job”.

11:02

Boris Johnson hosted the German Chancellor Olaf ScholzThe ‘seismic’ attempts to divest from Russian fossil fuels after the couple met in Downing Street.

Johnson told a joint No. 10 press conference that they agreed on the importance of weaning off Russian oil and gas.

He said:

It’s not easy for any of us and I applaud the seismic decisions taken by Olaf’s government to keep Germany away from Russian hydrocarbons.

We cannot transform our respective energy systems overnight, but we also know that (Vladimir) Putin’s war will not end overnight.

He said they both agree on the need to maximize the potential of the North Sea and collaborate on energy security and renewables.

Johnson also said the two countries will hold a joint cabinet meeting within the next year.

10:59

Olaf Scholz said cooperation between Germany and the UK would be important as Germany weaned itself off Russian fossil fuels.

The German Chancellor said:

We will intensify our cooperation at all levels.

We want to advance and intensify relations between our two countries.

Asked if Germany and the EU should act faster to cut off Russian oil and gas, Scholz replied:

We do everything we can, and we do a lot…

We are actively working to free ourselves from oil imports and we believe we can achieve this this year.

10:55

Olaf Scholz, German Chancellor, promises to end the use of fossil fuels.

Germany is heavily dependent on imports of oil, coal and natural gas from Russia, which is why this is a big step forward.

He said:

Germany is already beginning to wean itself off its addiction.

We are investigating on a large scale… in order to import gas via the coasts of northern Germany.

The country will import natural gas via North Sea ports rather than Russian pipelines, he adds.

10:51

Olaf Scholz speak now. He thanked Boris Johnson for welcoming him to Downing Street and said they had many conversations over the past few weeks but it was good to meet in person.

He said:

Killing civilians is a war crime and the Russian President bears responsibility for these war crimes. Boris Johnson and I share this assessment.

I call again on Russia to finally accept a ceasefire and withdraw its troops.

This war must end immediately.

10:48

Boris Johnson noted:

The Europe we knew barely six weeks ago no longer exists.

But says Putin has “succeeded in uniting Europe and the entire transatlantic alliance in support of Ukraine and in solidarity with each other”.

He added that the UK and Germany will “hold a joint cabinet meeting between our two governments over the next year”.

10:47

Boris Johnson said the UK would send an additional £100 million worth of high-quality equipment to Ukraine, including Starstreak missiles, anti-tank missiles, precision munitions capable of “lagging in the skies”, as well only extra helmets, bulletproof vests and night vision.

He told a press conference in Downing Street:

Today I can announce that the UK will send an additional 100 million pounds of high-quality military equipment to the Ukrainian armed forces, including more Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles, which fly at three times the speed of sound, another 800 anti-tank missiles and precision ammunition. able to linger in the sky until directed at their target.

10:43

Boris Johnson and Olaf Scholz hold a press conference on Ukraine

Boris Johnson and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz hold a joint press conference in Downing Street.

Johnson accused Russia of war crimes.

He said:

It is a war crime to indiscriminately attack civilians. Russia’s crimes in Ukraine will not go unnoticed or unpunished.

Johnson said attack on fleeing civilians at Kramatorsk train station was ‘unconscionable’ as he suggested Vladimir PoutineThe forces had been guilty of a war crime.

He told a press conference in Downing Street:

The attack at the train station in eastern Ukraine shows just how far Putin’s once vaunted army has sunk.

At least 39 people killed and dozens injured on a train platform crowded with women and children.

It is a war crime to indiscriminately attack civilians and Russian crimes in Ukraine will not go unnoticed or unpunished.

09:53

Boris Johnson said he was “absolutely delighted” to welcome the German chancellor to Downing Street at a “very important” time for Europe, Ukraine and the countries’ bilateral relations.

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Boris Johnson with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz before a bilateral meeting at 10 Downing Street, London. Photograph: Tom Nicholson/PA

Speaking in Issue 10, the Prime Minister said:

The relationship between the UK and Germany is absolutely crucial, crucial, crucial for both of us and we have a lot to say to each other.

He thanked Olaf Scholz for coming, who replied, “Thank you for having me here.”

09:51

Outgoing Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lady Cressida Dick warned against the “politicization of policing”, saying it is “a threat not only to policing but also to confidence in the whole justice system criminal”.

She left Scotland Yard this morning and was cheered on by officers as she walked out.

In a “letter to London”, Dick writes:

Of course, when I look back, there’s more I wish we had accomplished.

We hear the criticism, know that not everyone trusts us to provide good service when they need us, and have seen among us those whose horrific actions have let you all, and us, down if terribly.

Each pushes us to improve, to root out those who do not meet our standards and do not deserve to wear our uniform. Improve our response so that all of our communities feel protected by us.

We listen and act on what you tell us so we can change for the better. This very week we launched our plan to end violence against women and girls, shaped by the opinions of hundreds of Londoners.

The current politicization of policing is a threat not only to policing, but to trust in the criminal justice system as a whole. Operational independence from local and central government is crucial to effective democracy and is a respected model around the world. We all need to cherish and protect her.

09:46
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Boris Johnson, left, greets German Chancellor Olaf Scholz in Downing Street. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

09:43

German Chancellor, Olaf Scholzarrived in Downing Street for talks.

Boris Johnson will appear alongside Scholz at 3.15pm as Britain and Germany present a united front amid war in Ukraine.

Johnson is expected to offer assistance to Berlin, which still relies heavily on Russian gas, to reduce its reliance on energy exports from Moscow in a bid to starve Vladimir Putin’s war machine.

The prime minister is expected to urge Scholz’s government to tighten sanctions against the Kremlin following reports of war crimes committed by Russian soldiers on the outskirts of kyiv.

In a tweet, Johnson said: “Looking forward to welcoming BundesKanzler Scholz to the UK today.

“I salute his principled determination to end dependence on Russian energy. How we respond to the Russian invasion will define the international order for years to come. We cannot let Putin’s crimes go unpunished.

09:31

Pressed to find out if he thinks the attack on the station was a war crime, Ben Wallace said evidence would be collected to prove the answer, but added, “The circumstantial evidence absolutely points to a series of war crimes being committed by Russia.”

Wallace insisted that Putin’s war would backfire. “There will be more Ukraine after this, there will be more forces on the NATO border, there may be more NATO members as a result of Putin’s actions,” Wallace said.



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