“We have failed to learn the lessons of Russian aggression. For too long, we have turned the other cheek. No one can say we were not warned: We saw what Russia did in Georgia in 2008, in Ukraine in 2014 and even on the streets of Salisbury,” said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says in his opinion piece published by the The New York Times.
Johnson says the Russian attack on Ukraine was launched under a confected pretext. He said the assault “is sinking further into a sordid campaign of war crimes and unthinkable violence against civilians.”
According to him, the lesson from Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008 and seizure of Crimea in 2014 is that accepting the results of Russian aggression merely encourages more aggression.