Boris Johnson misspoke and thanked the “inspiring leadership of Vladimir Putin” before quickly correcting himself.
During a debate in the House of Commons, the former Prime Minister said: “Thanks to the heroism of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, thanks in part to the weapons that we are proud to offer, I congratulate my very honorable friend for his description of the work of the British Armed Forces, the weapons we send, the huge list…
“Thanks also, of course, to the inspiring leadership of Vladimir Putin…”
Mr Johnson immediately realized his mistake and added: ‘The inspirational leadership of Volodymyr Zelensky, forgive me, Russian forces have in recent days been expelled from large parts of the north-east of the country around Kharkov.
“And they are under increasing pressure in Kherson in the south, and I have no doubts that the Ukrainians will win.”