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Boris Johnson lands plane to Ukraine amid backlash over Sue Gray’s No 10 Partygate report

END Boris Johnson flew to Ukraine yesterday as Partygate goods boiled back home – and insists he will take over if he receives a fine from Covid.

However, PM declined to say he would resign if found to have broken his own locking rules.

Boris Johnson flies to Ukraine as Partygate boils back home

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Boris Johnson flies to Ukraine as Partygate boils back homeCredit: News UK
The prime minister said: 'Russia is obsessed and believes excessively that she is surrounded and threatened by NATO.  It's simply not so'

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The prime minister said: ‘Russia is obsessed and believes excessively that she is surrounded and threatened by NATO. It’s simply not so’Credit: News UK

In an exclusive interview with The Sun, he admits if he gets raped by the police during parties in Downing Street he doesn’t “believe it’s going to be a secret for long”.

He said as he made the trip under threat of invasion Ukraine – as MPs claimed he was scared of the chaos in Westminster and “running to Kiev”.

This is his first interview since the Whitehall official Gray highlighted the “failure of leadership” in Downing Street in a report published in part in Partygate.

The Prime Minister insists he has told Parliament all he needs to say on the subject now during two hours of intense interrogation from MPs on Monday.

Denying him asking tough questions, the Prime Minister insisted “I didn’t say that, what are you talking about?”

Asked many times about Partygate “I can’t really comment on that until the process is over,” he insisted.

Then he went on to state “you will have to wait for this process”.

Asked if he had spoken to the police or expected to speak to them, the Prime Minister said: “We need to let the process continue.”

When asked if he could survive a fine from the police for breaking his own rules, he insisted: “There is a process underway, it would be a mistake if I did. interrupt that..

“We asked if he was going to amend his incorrect statements to the Commons last year that there were no parties and that all Covid guidelines were correctly followed in No10. Mr Johnson says again: “You have to wait for the process.”

The Prime Minister’s anxiety comes as it emerges that the names of No10 employees and senior civil servants found to have breached Covid rules can be kept secret forever.

While acknowledging there is a “significant public interest” in the UK in knowing whether Boris broke the law, Downing Street said it did not plan to name anyone else fined in the investigation.

The Met has excluded naming the offenders, and goverment Insiders said the full report Gray is not expected to be named.

The PM’s high-stakes move to protect his staff has created a new row with his restless MPs who hold his fate in their own hands.

Tory senior Mark Harper said: “I think special counsels, senior members of the civil service and ministers should disclose if they have received a fixed penalty notice for any conduct. any crime that Sue Gray investigated.

“They are seniors and have to be responsible.”

‘HELP FOR ACCOUNT’

The Sun newspaper yesterday reported how the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie faced when they were interviewed by 12 investigating police, including one Music Abba is said to have played.

Eager to change the subject on the flight, Mr Johnson turned his attention to Ukraine.

He accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “aiming a gun” at Ukraine’s head with 125,000 Russian troops massed on the border as part of an effort to divide Europe.

“I think the people of this country care enough about what is happening in Ukraine and they know the UK has a leading role to play in helping the Ukrainian people,” he said.

Compare Putin against the communist tyrant Stalin, the Prime Minister accused Russian leaders sought “a new Yalta, a new region of Europe” as the 1945 summit made the continent after the war.

A planned call with Putin was delayed again yesterday after being canceled on Monday after Gray’s report was partially released.

“Russia has an overwhelming obsession and belief that she is surrounded and threatened by Nato,” he said. That is simply not the case.”

He said he will tell Putin when they finally speak today: “Recall the time when Britain and Russia stood side by side in the fight against fascism.

“There is no reason for this hostility.”

Offering an olive branch, he added the “anxieties” Putin had about placing missiles on Ukrainian territory could be “resolved easily”.

‘NO REASON FOR HOSTILITY Possibility’

However, he warned the sanctions would be “like a steel trap in the event of the first Russian fishing vessel passing through more sovereign Ukrainian territory.”

Yesterday, two more Tory MPs called for Boris to resign amid a police investigation into the formation of dozens of parties.

Peter Aldous, who represents Waveney, wrote on Twitter: “After a lot of soul searching, I have come to the conclusion that the Prime Minister should resign.”

He said he had “written to the Chairman of the 1922 Committee of Backbench Conservative MPs advising him that I did not trust the Prime Minister as Leader of the Conservative Party”.

Charles Walker, who represents Broxbourne, Herts, told Channel 4 that the Prime Minister’s resignation will help the country recover.

Tory’s Andrew Mitchell said the Partygate scandal is eating away at the Tories “like battery acid” and threatens to blow up the party forever unless Bojo is ousted now.

PM has promised to release the full, uncensored report, Gray after the police investigation is over.

His former assistant Dominic Cummings claimed on the aa blog that there were “photographs of the Prime Minister at parties under investigation” – including at his own Downing Street flat.

Boris Johnson had a brief meeting with British Colonel James Thurstan in Ukraine

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Boris Johnson had a brief meeting with British Colonel James Thurstan in UkraineCredit: AFP
The Prime Minister was grilled by The Sun's Political Editor, Harry Cole

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The Prime Minister was grilled by The Sun’s Political Editor, Harry ColeCredit: News UK
Asked repeatedly about Partygate, Boris Johnson insisted: 'I can't really comment on that until the process is over'

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Asked repeatedly about Partygate, Boris Johnson insisted: ‘I can’t really comment on that until the process is over’Credit: Getty

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Bobby Allyn

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