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Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his keynote address during the Conservative Party Spring Conference at Blackpool Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England, on 19 March 2022.

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Boris Johnson reaffirmed Britain’s support for Ukraine, denouncing the “heinous attacks” by Russian invaders “against innocent civilians” in Mariupol.

Speaking with Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday afternoon, the Prime Minister told the Ukrainian leader that the country is “determined to strengthen its military, economic and diplomatic support” to end the war.

Mr Johnson also asked Zelensky about military demands in the face of Russian aggression, as he promised to “advance Ukraine’s interests” at this week’s NATO meeting and the G7.

Mr Johnson has also stepped up the UK’s bid to reduce its energy dependence on Russia and is expected to host a roundtable of nuclear industry leaders to discuss increased energy production.

The prime minister argued that investing in domestic nuclear and renewable energy could be key to creating a self-sustaining energy policy, with Downing Street saying nuclear power is ‘a safe, clean and reliable source of energy’.

Earlier, Mr Johnson had sparked outrage by comparing the war in Ukraine to Britain’s vote to leave the EU, with one European statesman calling it ‘shameful’ and another calling it offensive to those fighting the Russian invasion.

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War in Ukraine pushes UK aid programs to ‘breaking point’

Anti-poverty campaigners have warned that the war in Ukraine has stretched Britain’s foreign aid budget “to the breaking point”.

A campaign researcher said the Russian invasion had eliminated the government’s rationale to cut aid spending from 0.7% to 0.5% of gross national income in 2020.

The nonprofit group asked Chancellor Rishi Sunak to cite the planned restoration of the 0.7% figure, warning that failure to do so would mean the withdrawal of vital programs from some of the world’s poorest countries.

The Ukrainian war means that Britain can no longer meet its strategic priorities and international obligations on a reduced budget.

Read the details in this exclusive story from our political editor Andrew Woodcock.

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altar weighing fuel tax deduction

Rishi Sunak hinted that he could cut fuel taxes in Wednesday’s mini-budget, saying he doesn’t think pump prices should be “too expensive to be banned.”

Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said the Labor Party would not oppose the move demanded by a group of 50 Tory lawmakers to ease the cost of the life crisis that has hit millions of families.

Days before the crucial spring announcement, Mr. Sunak hinted at his readiness to help families with skyrocketing bills, but admitted: “I can’t solve all problems.”

The Chancellor urged voters not to “fear” about the impending cost of living crisis and pledged: “Where we can make a difference, of course we will.”

But he seemed to admit that the package he delivered would not be enough to cushion the blow of historic increases in gas, heat and other essentials, and told voters, “It’s not going to be easy. »

Read the details of this report at: Andrew Woodcock.

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Tories say Ukraine crisis shows Boris Johnson must drop opposition to EU defense deal

A conservative group said the Ukraine crisis showed that Boris Johnson needed to drop his opposition to a defense deal with the EU to allow Britain to quickly deploy forces in Europe.

The Conservative European Forum (CEF) wants the UK to participate in projects led by an EU body called Persistent Structured Defense Cooperation (PESCO), an initiative to create a common defense policy.

As a first step, he argues, the prime minister should adopt a military mobility plan to reduce red tape that hinders the rapid movement of military personnel and resources.

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Altar distracts from Boris Johnson’s comparison between the war in Ukraine and Brexit

Rishi Sunak distanced himself from Boris Johnson’s comparison of the war in Ukraine and Brexit, saying the two situations were “not directly similar”.

In a strange exchange on Sky News Sophy Ridge MarketThe Chancellor refused to repeat the parallel drawn by the Prime Minister, insisting that Mr Johnson himself had no intention of making a direct comparison.

“I don’t think these two situations are directly similar,” Sunak said. “They’re obviously not directly similar, and I don’t think the PM directly said they were similar.”

our political editor André Becasse reports.

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Boris Johnson sparks outrage by comparing war in Ukraine to Brexit

There have been calls for the Prime Minister to be removed from next week’s European Council meeting, where Mr Johnson hopes to join EU leaders to discuss the Ukraine crisis with US President Joe Biden.

Addressing the Conservatives’ Spring Conference in Blackpool on Saturday, Mr Johnson said the world faces a choice between “freedom and oppression” and criticized those who believe there is a need to “compromise with tyranny”.

Read this report at: Andrew Woodcock.

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Johnson to host roundtable on nuclear power to boost UK energy production

Number 10 announced that Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to hold a meeting on removing barriers to boosting the UK’s nuclear power generation.

Mr Johnson will chair a roundtable of nuclear industry leaders on Downing Street to discuss national nuclear plans as he prepares to release his energy security strategy this month.

Mr Johnson has argued that investing in nuclear power in national renewable energy could be key to creating a self-sufficient energy policy as Moscow tries to rid the UK of its dependence on Russian oil and gas following Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Liz Truss condemned the ‘abduction and deportation’ of Ukrainians from the besieged city of Mariupol after a Ukrainian lawmaker claimed that residents were forced to relocate to ‘remote parts of Russia’ to work in slave-like conditions.

The Foreign Minister tweeted that he was “appalled” by the reports as he promised to hold Russian President Vladimir Putin accountable for his treatment of civilians during the occupation.

Mariupol is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis after being besieged by Russian troops and cutting off energy, food and water supplies amid weeks of nonstop shelling.

“I am appalled by the Russian atrocities in Mariupol, including the attacks on civilian schools and the kidnapping and deportation of Ukrainians,” said Ms Truss. “Putin is resorting to desperate measures as he cannot achieve his goals. Putin and his regime will be held accountable. »

Speaking to Times Radio earlier, Ukrainian lawmaker Inna Sovsun said she had received information from the port mayor that citizens were “relocated” by Moscow “according to the logic of Nazi Germany.”

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PM pledges to ‘advance Ukraine’s interests’ at NATO-G7 meeting

Boris Johnson pledged to ‘advance’ Kiev’s interests at this week’s NATO and G7 meeting, and reaffirmed Britain’s support for Ukraine during a meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky on Sunday afternoon.

Condemning the “heinous attacks” of the Russian invaders against “innocent civilians” in Mariupol, the Prime Minister also asked the Ukrainian leader for his final assessment of the country’s military needs.

The Prime Minister also expressed his admiration for Ukraine’s courage, reaffirming its commitment to intensify “military, economic and diplomatic support” to help put an end to this dire conflict.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his keynote speech during the Conservative Party Spring Conference at the Blackpool Winter Gardens on 19 March 2022 in Blackpool, England

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers his keynote address during the Conservative Party Spring Conference at Blackpool Winter Gardens in Blackpool, England, on 19 March 2022.

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