Russia is planning “the biggest war in Europe since 1945”, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told BBC in an interview that aired on Sunday.
“I am afraid to say that the plan we are seeing is for what could actually be the biggest war in Europe since 1945,” he said.
He added that “people need to understand that the cost of human life can be imposed not only on Ukrainians, but also on Russians and young Russians.”
On the issue of sanctions, Johnson said the aim is not only to affect “associates of Vladimir Putin but also all companies and organizations of strategic importance to Russia”.
“We will prevent Russian companies from raising money on the UK market and we, even with our American friends, will prevent them from trading in pounds and dollars,” he said.
Speaking at Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday, Johnson said that in preparation Invasion of UkraineRussian President Vladimir Putin is “seriously miscalculating,” adding that Moscow will “gain absolutely nothing from this disastrous joint venture and all to lose.”
Johnson urges Moscow to de-escalate stress before it’s too late.
I fear that a flash war will entail a long and loathsome period of revenge, revenge and rebellion, and that Russian parents will mourn the loss of young Russian soldiers. years old, those who come their way are as innocent as the Ukrainians who are now bracing themselves. attack,” he said.
“We don’t quite know what President Putin is up to,” Johnson said, adding that “the omens are grim and that’s why we have to be strong together.”
Johnson’s remarks came a day after US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin speak Russian was “moving into the right position to launch an attack.”
“They’re spotting and now they’re ready to attack,” Austin said, speaking from Vilnius, Lithuania on Saturday.
“If you look at his stance now, it’s clear that [Putin] have made a decision and they are moving into the appropriate positions to launch an attack.”
US President Joe Biden’s assertion that Putin has his decision on the invasion, Austin added that the United States would pursue a diplomatic solution “until the last minute, until it becomes impossible.”
However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky counterattacked Western leaders loudly declared that a Russian invasion was imminent.
When asked about actively using US intelligence to dissuade Putin from invading Ukraine, Zelensky said that he was “grateful for the work that our intelligence has been doing and is doing. But the intelligence I trust is my intelligence.
“I trust Ukrainian intelligence, who … understand what’s going on along our borders, who have different intelligence sources and understand different risks based on intercepted data. .. this information should be used,” Zelensky told CNN’s director of international anchors Christiane Amanpour in a live interview at the security conference on Saturday.
He continued: “We don’t really live in illusions. We understand what can happen tomorrow … just putting ourselves in a coffin and waiting for foreign soldiers to come in is not something we are prepared for. do”.
Zelensky then called on international partners to support Ukraine by invest in the country. “Strengthen our arms…our economy. Invest in our country. Bring your business in.
“We don’t panic, we want to live our lives,” he added.
Ross Levitt, Karen Smith, Maegan Vazquez, Kevin Liptak, Betsy Klein, Sam Fossum, Emmet Lyons and Lauren Said-Moorhouse of CNN contributed reporting to this post.
This article has been updated.