UK will need Ukraine leadership again if Trump is elected
Sir Keir Starmer has been told that he will need to put his prejudices aside and be “the new Boris Johnson” if he is elected as Prime Minister next year.
A leading Ukrainian MP has come to the Labour conference in Liverpool to beg for the party to show international leadership on the war and not agree to a compromise with Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Oleksi Goncharenko, who has been a leading advocate internationally for support for his country, says that the likely prospect of Donald Trump winning the US presidential election will throw up huge question marks over America’s continued backing for the war effort.
Trump has suggested that he could “end the war in 24 hours” essentially forcing a deal on Ukraine’s President Zelensky and Putin.
But there are concerns that this could be bad “not just for Ukraine but stability around the world.”
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Goncharenko told Express.co.uk: “Whatever people think about Boris [Johnson] here [at the Labour conference] they need to accept he showed real international leadership when Russia invaded.
“The elections in the UK and US next year are very interesting because Putin is waiting for the result.
“If Starmer becomes Prime Minister and Trump President then we just don’t know what Trump will do.
“So it will be Britain and Starmer who will again need to show international leadership just like Boris did last year.”
The Ukraine MP also videoed an appeal to Sir Keir on Express.co.uk (above).
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He said: “I came to Liverpool for the Labour conference because people in Ukraine follow British politics very closely and we realise that next year Labour can form a new government.
“That could be a very crucial moment because that will be the time of US elections and we see how difficult the situation is there.
“It is very possible that the world once again will need the UK leadership.
“Like the world needed it in February of 2022.
“That is my message to the Labour Party is that they should prepare for this moment and they will be able to show the leadership of the UK and help the free world get through these very rough waters.”
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