British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce his resignation in the coming hours, the BBC reports.
The politician has agreed to resign, but he will remain in office until a new leader of the ruling party is elected before autumn. Johnson wants a new Conservative leader named before the party conference.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met with Queen Elizabeth II and discussed his possible resignation with her, Reuters reports with reference to ITV channel.
No details of the meeting have been exposed yet. It was said that the meeting was held "as a sign of Johnson's respect for the Queen."
The Conservative Party of Great Britain, led by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, demanded his immediate resignation and said that he had no right to retain even the post of interim prime minister, The Independent wrote.
The Tories want the politician to leave Downing Street today as he continues to cause enormous reputational damage to the party. At the same time, the prime minister himself made it clear that he intended to remain in office until a new party leader was elected.
According to Sky News TV channel, Downing Street is preparing a statement on Boris Johnson's resignation, but some remain opposed to the idea. Johnson's former top adviser Dominic Cummings said that the regime has changed, and the cabinet secretary was "organizing a process" to elect a new premier.
On June 30, Chris Pincher, Johnson's protégé, 52-year-old deputy coordinator of the British Conservative Party faction, was accused of drunken harassment of men. Immediately after the publication of this information, Pincher left his post.
Boris Johnson, when caught in another political scandal, said that he would not leave his post. In response, 53 members of the British government resigned.
Dmitry Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, said that the resignation of the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson was a demonstration of British arrogance and mediocre policy.
"Another one bites the dust. A logical outcome of British arrogance and mediocre politics. Especially on the international track,” Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel.
Alexei Pushkov, a Senator of the Federation Council of Russia, believes that Boris Johnson's resignation will be the first in a series of inevitable resignations of Western leaders who put thoughtless support for Ukraine above the interests of their countries and the needs of their citizens.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson does not like Russia very much, and Moscow does not like him either, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to the news about Johnson's resignation, TASS reports.
“As for Mr. Johnson himself, he does not like us very much. We do not like him either," the press secretary of the head of state said.
Boris Johnson's decision to resign will trigger a deep crisis in the UK, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said commenting on the resignation of the British politician.
According to her, the current events should lead to the partial disintegration of the United Kingdom. Zakharova also said that the resignation of the British Prime Minister already shows the obvious: the countries with liberal regimes are going through a political, ideological and economic crisis.
In turn, Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of the Federation Council of Russia said that people in European countries begin to "open their eyes" and notice "the irrational policies of their governments."
The United States does not recognize the entry of Ukrainian territories into Russia. Such a development will seriously complicate prospects for a diplomatic settlement