Boris Johnson has met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Kyiv today, in an unannounced visit.
Ukraine’s embassy in the UK posted a picture of the two leaders meeting earlier today, with a caption that read: “Surprise”.
The country’s Interior Minister, Volodomir Omelyan, confirmed the pair had met in Kyiv in a subsequent tweet.
And a presidential Ukrainian aide, Andriy Sybiha, posted the picture on Facebook, adding: “Boris Johnson’s visit in Kyiv began just now with a tete-a-tete meeting with President Zelensky.”
It’s understood the two leaders discussed long-term support that could be offered to Ukraine, and further financial and military aid.
The Prime Minister is said to have wanted to visit Ukraine for some time, but had held back because UK security officials were “having kittens” at the idea.
But a Whitehall source told the Mail: “If you set aside the security concerns, which are considerable, the question is whether there is anything additional you could achieve by visiting in person, or whether it would just be a show of solidarity, and whether that is a sufficient goal in itself.”