During his visit to London, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a closed meeting with the Head of the British MI-6 intelligence service Richard Moore. The edition DT.ua writes about it with reference to its own sources.
According to journalists, it was Moore who was instructed by the British government to convey to Zelensky some messages that for some reason the country’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not want to voice.
The publication notes that this meeting was not pleasant for the Head of the Ukrainian state, and during the conversation, three main topics were discussed:
- Attacks by the Ukrainian authorities on anti-corruption bodies in Ukraine and the President’s Office’s desire to take control of the Specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine, the Prosecutor General’s Office, and the courts.
- The situation in eastern Ukraine and the actions of the Russian Federation.
- Zelensky’s entourage, not only official but also informal, which has a significant influence on the President of Ukraine.
Apart from the President of Ukraine, only the Head of the Security Service of Ukraine, Ivan Bakanov, was present at the event from the Ukrainian delegation. The secrecy of the meeting was dictated by the discussion of people from Zelensky’s entourage: the British noticed a leak of information from Ukraine.
“Earlier, the Americans raised the issue of the President’s inner circle during talks with the Ukrainian Head of state. But their case was a pressure on the authorities. And for the British, it was a warning, in case that Zelensky is not fully aware of the actions of the people with whom he is associated,” the newspaper writes.
Journalists also drew attention to the fact that the meeting with the Head of MI-6 is an illustrative fact, which indicates a high degree of interest in Ukraine and its President. The Head of British intelligence rarely meets with leaders of other states.