Kremlin celebrates as Boris Johnson set to resign: 'He doesn't like us, we don't like him either'

Boris Johnson has been heavily critical of the Russian invasion on Ukraine, describing Vladimir Putin as "evil"

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Russia has celebrated the news of Boris Johnson's resignation as Conservative Party leader, with a spokesman saying: “He doesn't like us, we don't like him."

Mr Johnson has been heavily critical of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and has on several times slammed the actions of Vladimir Putin.

At the same time, he has been supportive of Ukraine’s attempts to defend their country, forming a close bond with Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Speaking ahead of the Prime Minister's resignation today, Moscow spokesman Dmitry Peskov added: “The governmental crisis in Britain cannot be a priority for our work."

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Prime Minister Boris Johnson
Prime Minister Boris Johnson

It comes just a week after Mr Johnson told GB News that Mr Putin is “evil” for what he has done in Ukraine.

“I think that what he has done is evil,” the Prime Minister said at the NATO summit in Madrid.

Asked if Mr Putin himself was evil, Mr Johnson said: “I think it probably follows that if you are what you do, then certainly.

“It’s been an appalling act of unwarranted aggression against the innocent population.”

Mr Johnson is set to quit as Tory leader later today following mounting pressure from Conservative politicians.

More than 50 Tories resigned from their roles within Government in recent days, with many calling for Mr Johnson to follow suit.

A No 10 source said Mr Johnson spoke to Sir Graham Brady, chairman of the Conservative 1922 Committee, to inform him of his decision.

“The Prime Minister has spoken to Graham Brady and agreed to stand down in time for a new leader to be in place by the conference in October,” a No 10 source said.

Mr Johnson will make a statement later today confirming the decision.