The British Prime Minister and the U.S. president also intend to “decisively put an end to Western dependence on Russian oil and gas,” according to a communique distributed by London.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and United States President Joe Biden have agreed to increase economic pressure on Russia in response to the military special operation in Ukraine. This is stated in a communique distributed on Tuesday by the office of the head of the British government following his telephone conversation with the American leader.

As noted in the text, “both [politicians] agreed to continue joint efforts to increase economic pressure “on Russia “and resolutely put an end to Western dependence on Russian oil and gas.” In addition, the interlocutors “discussed the need to accelerate the provision of assistance to Ukraine, including increasing military and economic support.” At the same time, Johnson informed Biden “about a new British support package, including anti-ship missiles and military vehicles, which will arrive [in Ukraine] in the coming days and weeks.”

Johnson stressed the need for a “long-term commitment” from the international community to a free Ukraine. “The leaders discussed how the U.S. and the UK can work together to achieve this,” the communique said.

The British prime minister also expressed condolences to Biden in connection with the shooting that the criminal staged on Tuesday in the New York subway. As a result of the incident, according to the latest data, 16 people were injured.