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Good morning. Boris Johnson is in Abu Dhabi, within the United Arab Emirates, the place he has been assembly the crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed. In a pooled interview, he stated there was no prospect of Ukraine becoming a member of Nato any time quickly. Requested about President Zelenskiy’s acceptance yesterday that Ukraine would not join Nato, Johnson replied:

I talked to Volodymyr [Zelenskiy], once more, yesterday. And you realize, in fact, I perceive what he’s saying about Nato and the truth of the place. And everyone’s at all times stated, and we’ve made clear to Putin, there’s no method Ukraine goes to hitch Nato any time quickly. However the choice about the way forward for Ukraine has received to be for the Ukrainian individuals and for Volodymyr Zelenskiy as their elected chief, and we’ll again him.

It’s not clear fairly what the importance of those remarks is likely to be. Vladimir Putin desires Ukrainian membership of Nato to be dominated out for good, and so Zelenskiy’s remark – which Johnson has semi-endorsed this morning – could also be a touch that the peace negotiations, which have thus far been fruitless, are nudging into more serious territory.

However equally it is likely to be that Zelenskiy and Johnson are saying what they assume is apparent, with out ulterior objective (a extra widespread prevalence in politics than one may assume). Requested in regards to the significance of Zelenskiy’s comment in an interview on the In the present day programme this morning, Liz Truss, the international secretary, replied:

It’s a matter for Ukraine whether or not or not they resolve to hitch Nato, and naturally a matter for Nato members.

I’ve at all times thought that that isn’t the actual subject, that it’s a smokescreen. If you happen to have a look at all of Putin’s public statements – his Munich safety convention speech in 2007, his essay of last year – that is about recreating a better Russia, and basically subordinating Ukraine below Russian authority, in addition to extending extra broadly to different Jap European states.

That is an evaluation shared by the Economist’s Oliver Carroll.

Oliver Carroll

Nope. a) Zelensky and his workforce stated Nato was not lifelike earlier than the struggle – however given constitutional dedication it was as much as Nato announce. b) Putin additionally knew Nato wasn’t on the playing cards. c) a lot broader foundation to Putin’s choice to invade.

March 16, 2022

In his pooled interview this morning Johnson additionally performed down the prospect of his journey to the Gulf in the present day – after the UAE, he will likely be in Saudia Arabia – being about persuading the Saudis to extend their provide of oil to the west. That is what No 10 gave the impression to be briefing on the finish of final week, when the journey was first reported, however in the present day Johnson claimed his go to was simply as a lot about drumming up extra funding in wind power. In his pooled interview he stated:

The rationale for coming right here is that it’s not simply that they’ve received oil. They’re additionally a number of the largest buyers right here, within the Gulf, in UK renewables, in our wind farms. And that’s what we’ll be speaking about.

Right here is the agenda for the day.

10am: Kevin Foster, the immigration minister, and Lord Harrington, the brand new minister for refugees, give proof to the Commons residence affairs committee.

Morning: Keir Starmer is on a go to to Huddersfield, inspecting a retrofitting undertaking.

10.15am (UK time): Boris Johnson is because of arrive in Saudi Arabia. He’s assembly Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, at 1pm, and he’s anticipated to report a clip for the media within the late afternoon.

12pm: Dominic Raab, the deputy PM, faces Angela Rayner, the deputy Labour chief, at PMQs.

12pm: Gordon Brown, the previous Labour prime minister, holds a briefing on new polling from Our Scottish Future, the group he set as much as marketing campaign for an alternative choice to “each ‘No Change Unionism’ and ‘No Compromise Nationalism’”.

After 12.30pm: MPs start a debate on an SNP movement on Ukrainian refugees, saying they need to not want to use for visas previous to their arrival within the UK.

I attempt to monitor the feedback under the road (BTL) however it’s not possible to learn all of them. When you have a direct query, do embrace “Andrew” in it someplace and I’m extra prone to discover it. I do attempt to reply questions, and if they’re of basic curiosity, I’ll submit the query and reply above the road (ATL), though I can’t promise to do that for everybody.

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Boris Johnson arriving for a media interview on the Emirates Palace resort in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. {Photograph}: WPA/Getty Photos

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