The new head of the foreign office became a supporter of the “Breccia” Boris Johnson. The ex-mayor of London, who predicted the Premiership, is considered to be an unpredictable figure. Not the fact that with him politics, “the foreign office” will be more friendly to Russia. The obvious plus is that the post of Minister of foreign Affairs left Philip Hammond, one of the most anti-Russian politicians in the West.
The ex-mayor of London Boris Johnson became head of the foreign office in the new government Theresa may. The decision was made official. Recall, Johnson was an active supporter of Brexit. After the victory of the eurosceptics, many were convinced that Johnson will nominate a candidate for the presidency of the Conservative party and Prime Minister of the UK, but it run not.
“The fact that Hammond was removed, however, not down and to the side, not so bad”
We will remind, the day before Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has appointed Theresa may as Prime Minister of the Kingdom and asked her to form a new Cabinet of Ministers – thus Mae became the second (after Margaret Thatcher) female Prime Minister in British history. Unlike Johnson, may relate to moderate and very cautious followers of “Breccia”.
Russophobia was transferred to the Finance
Among the reports on the distribution of portfolios in the government of may came the news that Britain’s Finance Ministry headed by former foreign Minister Philip Hammond, which actually will replace Boris Johnson.
As the head of British diplomacy Hammond was marked by a series of anti-Russian statements. For example, relatively recently, in March, during a visit to Georgia Minister announced that Russia allegedly violates the rules of the international system” and called it “a challenge and a threat to all countries”. “Russia is the only significant threat to the UK”, – said the foreign Minister during a speech in one of London’s institutions at the same time, in March.
Commenting on the completion of the operation the Russian HQs in Syria, Hammond said, to praise Russia for its step is the same as “praise the husband, ceased to beat his wife”. “Mr. Hammond, this is something from personal experience? Or, again mistranslated?”, – responded to this phrase by the official representative of Russian foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova.
At the end of his tenure as foreign Minister Hammond advocated the extension of sanctions against Russia, regardless of Brexit.
However, last week, Hammond was forced to admit that the statements about the benefits of Brexit for Moscow he made in the campaign before the referendum on 23 June, he was only “assumptions”. We will remind, on June 24, after the referendum, the head of the British foreign Ministry said that Russian President Vladimir Putin supposedly “overjoyed” that the British voted to secede from the European Union and prospects to achieve a softening of EU sanctions. The Russian leader, commenting on such speculation, said: “Some kind of conspiracy here, the Russian came up with. My friend from Germany said that he had a flood and was under the impression that you and the flood to blame… I think it’s not very well – tacked Russia to any problem and make it the Scarecrow”.
“Rabid for him uncharacteristic”
“The fact that Hammond was removed, however, not down and to the side, not so bad. He held fiercely anti-Russian, almost transcendent position”, – said in an interview with the newspaper VIEW political scientist, Dean of the faculty of world politics and Economics school of Economics Sergei Karaganov. Continue this line Boris Johnson is hard to say, because in foreign policy it never worked. “It is a measure of originality of the English political system. They are appointed to positions that require exceptional professional qualities, people who’ve never done this before. It’s their system,” said the analyst.
As for Johnson, Karaganov said that “he is a cheerful and intelligent person. So rabid it’s not his character,” – said the expert. He also noticed that Johnson was appointed to the post, not to allow the party to continue to crack and give it greater unity.
Known insults to colleagues and Erdogan
“The appointment of Boris Johnson has caused considerable surprise to many observers, politicians, journalists. It is unclear what motivated the Theresa may”, – said in an interview with the newspaper LOOK Director General of the research company Insight Europe Andrey Kulikov. Of course, it was assumed that he will get some position because of its role it played in the campaign before the referendum on Brexit.
However, Johnson – “man, known for his extremely ambiguous, if not directly offensive statements about politicians and individual situations in different countries”, – said the expert. Many, for example, it is unclear how Johnson will meet in Turkey, “when he is dismissive and even offensive comments about President Erdogan”. As noted earlier, Johnson did not simply writing an insulting poem about the Turkish leader, but won in the corresponding contest, hosted by the Spectator magazine, for which she received the insulting prize of a thousand pounds.
It is unclear how Johnson plans to carry on negotiations with the future President of the United States, how will you build his relationship with African leaders and the like,” continues Kulikov.
While Johnson will be excluded functions that are directly associated with negotiating the British exit from the EU, “he will not be the decisive figure in terms of his powers was his predecessor. Thus, the potential negative aspects associated with the European direction is expected to reverse,” said the expert.
Hope for the feature
With Russia the situation is contradictory, and it is connected not only with the figure of Boris Johnson or Theresa may. “A clear political continuity of the current UK government in relation to the previous one. Overall, therefore, the critical rate will continue,” – said the source.
On the other hand part of the British Parliament, and this opinion is expressed in particular in the documents which this Parliament produces calls in recent years to reconsider its policy towards Russia, to make it more pragmatic, contextual, due to the specific situations and problems – i.e. where the two countries can cooperate, they must communicate, said Kulikov.
Boris Johnson in General, critical and predictable disposed to Russia. But lately, he’s also in the spirit of the Parliament called for dialogue, for example, on Syria, and this caused confusion among the more radical parts of the Conservative party. “Then his figure plays in favor of the fact that will still be implemented the feature”, – concluded the expert.
“To begin to understand the new situation”
One of the first to congratulate the new head of the British government, Theresa may congratulated the representative of the second party in the “civilized divorce” between Britain and the EU head of the European Commission (EC) Jean-Claude Juncker. He called London as soon as possible to move on to negotiations on withdrawal from the EU. “The result of the referendum conducted by the UK has created a new situation in which the United Kingdom and the European Union should begin to understand in a short time,” he said.
With the appointment of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom may congratulated President Vladimir Putin. In the telegram he stated about the attitude to dialogue with Britain. “The Russian head of state thanked David Cameron for cooperation and expressed confidence that the positive potential of Russian-British ties will be in full use for the benefit of the peoples of the two countries to ensure peace and security in Europe and throughout the world”, – said the press service of the Kremlin. Putin “stressed the conviction that the preservation and enhancement of accumulated for a long time the significant potential of Russian-British cooperation in various fields is in the fundamental interests of the peoples of the two countries”, – said in the Kremlin.
Who will succeed on the basis of Brexia”
After the Queen accepted the resignation of David Cameron as Prime Minister, may said that he would continue his predecessor’s course of uniting the country and restoring social justice. However, the proposed course of the new government can be judged by the statement made by Mei on Monday: “There is a need to negotiate a better deal for the UK out of the EU and forge for us a new place in the world. Brexit Brexit means. And we will succeed on its basis”.
As for the Brexit, Minister for the country’s exit from the European Union appointed David Davies, a former in 2003-2008, the shadow interior Minister. 68-year-old Davis has a wealth of political experience and is known as a tough negotiator. These qualities, according to observers certainly will be useful during negotiations about conditions of withdrawal of Britain from the EU.
Davis will have to work closely with the new British foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.
The home office will be headed by former energy Minister amber Rudd. He will be succeeding the newly appointed Prime Minister Theresa may, who since 2010 and until recently headed the Ministry of internal Affairs in the Cabinet of David Cameron. At the same time, defence Minister Michael Fallon will retain his post.
It also became known that the Chancellor (Finance Minister) of great Britain George Osborne, is also considered as one of the contenders for the Premiership, left the government of the United Kingdom.