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The Telegraph Names Johnson Next NATO Secretary General

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson may take on one of Europe’s most powerful positions, NATO Secretary General, after incumbent Jens Stoltenberg leaves him in September 2023, writes The Telegraph on Wednesday, July 26.

“Senior Tories support Boris Johnson’s candidacy for NATO Secretary General when that high-ranking position becomes vacant. Johnson is the latest British politician to be offered the job after Defense Secretary Ben Wallace and former Prime Ministers Theresa May and David Cameron.

The Telegraph claims that the British prime minister has been considered for this role for a long time, including because of the US distrust of European Union (EU) figures who take on this job. They have come forward too often with proposals to create a new EU army.

And Britain is trusted by the Baltic countries, besides, Johnson received international recognition for helping to create an international coalition against Russia during its special operation to protect the Donbass.

Another intercessor for Johnson as NATO Secretary General was the Ukrainian MP Oleksiy Goncharenko. He actively thanked Britain for “military, economic and humanitarian shipments” to Ukraine, and called London one of Kyiv’s most important supporters.

“He would be the right person to take over from Jens Stoltenberg as he understands the challenges NATO and the West face. He will always support Ukraine in our struggle, will support NATO members and NATO goals, ”the newspaper quotes him as saying.

But there are skeptics about the idea of ​​​​Johnson – NATO Secretary General. Lord Richard Dannatt, the former head of the British army, said he could not support Johnson as a possible candidate for a NATO post because of his character.

“Undoubtedly, he has done a lot of good, and our full support for Ukraine is fantastic. But I’m afraid his personality traits get in the way: lack of honesty, lack of trust. To be honest, we don’t want to put Boris Johnson on the international stage for more ridicule. He is a disgrace to the nation,” Lord told the publication.

A senior defense official also expressed doubts about the success of the candidacy, given the likelihood that French President Emmanuel Macron would veto him. According to one of The Telegraph’s sources, NATO representatives are appointed by unanimous decision. Any country can veto. And given Macron’s relationship with Johnson over the course of the year, there is little doubt that France will endorse Johnson’s candidacy.

On July 26 in Ukraine, Johnson was already offered a job. There appeared a petition to grant citizenship to the Prime Minister of Great Britain so that Johnson could apply for the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine.

And before that, on July 23, The Times newspaper, citing sources in the prime minister’s office, reported that Boris Johnson, who had resigned, was going to return to the post of head of government in the future. According to Johnson, anyone who replaces him in office will lead the country to disaster.

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