9 Jul 2018 19:33

No changes to London's foreign policy expected following Johnson's resignation as foreign secretary - Slutsky

MOSCOW. July 9 (Interfax) - Boris Johnson's resignation as British foreign secretary will hardly lead to any changes to London's foreign policy and internal problems in the UK government, State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Leonid Slutsky said.

"London's foreign policy will hardly change, because [British Prime Minister] Theresa May herself sets its keynote," Slutsky told Interfax on Monday.

This resignation will in no way impact the relations between London and Moscow, he said. "Here, I am afraid that the new Foreign Office head will continue to act in line with the trends set," the politician said.

As to the probability of exacerbating disagreements in the government in the wake of this resignation, the committee's head said the events will hardly evolve in this vein: "Whatever it be, the stepping down of one and even key minister cannot be a definite indicator of a global governmental crisis."

From his personal impressions, Slutsky said that Johnson's steps were quite inconsistent and this is probably why he did not always suit May.

The UK prime minister expected a tougher policy from the foreign secretary, he said.

It is difficult to guess the true reasons behind his resignation, though certain theories have already been offered, Slutsky added. "All we have is merely official explanations about differences at the backdrop of the Brexit," the parliamentarian said.