John Kerry called Boris Johnson on Thursday to congratulate him on his new appointment. The U.S. Department of State’s press service reported this on July 14.
The politicians agreed that the relations between their countries remain all-time important, and promised each other to cooperate, reads the message.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walther Steinmeier called Johnson ‘a cunning politician who managed to use Eurosceptic views of many people for his own benefit’. In his words, Johnson will now have to face quite different political tasks and obligations – far beyond Britain’s secession from the EU.
Jean-Marc Ayrault, French Foreign Minister, claimed he didn’t care much about Johnson’s appointment but he lied to the British people too much, and now he’s pressed against the wall’.
Russian presidential secretary Dmitry Peskov expressed hopes that the new British Foreign Minister will be now more diplomatic in his remarks.
Boris Johnson, former mayor of London, one of the key supporters of the UK’s exit from the EU, is widely famous for his unrestrained statements, specifically those about the U.S. leading figures; these remarks were perceived with tough criticism.