mandag 17. april 2017

Johnson Finds Himself in Isolation After Demanding New Sanctions Against Russia

Fred Johs:
The British Chief Clown Johnson has open his mouth... again
British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson © REUTERS/ Alkis Konstantinidis

When UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson proposed to impose new sanctions on Russia amid the situation in Syria, he hoped to receive an ovation from other EU countries or at least their approval. However, his calculation proved wrong, German newspaper Die Zeit wrote

Jonson's initiative was not supported by his European colleagues. Moreover, he rather found himself in isolation.

"Boris Johnson thought his great moment on the global stage had come. The UK Foreign Secretary demanded new sanctions against Russia due to an alleged chemical attack on the Syrian Air Force in the Idlib Province," the newspaper wrote.

According to Johnson, Russia had "poisoned its reputation" by supporting the Syrian regime, and thus cooperation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad must have consequences, he argued.

"However, Johnson's pithy words were not welcomed by his colleagues. Italy, France and Germany in particular were opposed to hasty steps. Italy's foreign minister, Angelino Alfano, instead called for a dialogue with Moscow, as according to him Russia should not be ‘pushed into the corner,'" the newspaper noted.

In London, Johnson was also hit by a wave of criticism. For instance, the head of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, described Johnson's behavior as a "failure of British diplomacy" and called him a "court jester," who is not being taken seriously by anyone.
 A commentator for the Guardian newspaper called Johnson the "emotionally neediest of politicians," who is currently facing a career crisis.

Earlier, UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in an article for the Sunday Telegraph newspaper that Moscow should "make a sensible compromise," withdraw its support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and join the international coalition fighting Daesh.

He also had canceled his visit to Moscow, scheduled for April 10, due to the recent developments in Syria having said that his priority was to maintain positive relations with the United States and other countries in the run up to the G-7 meeting.