What is COBRA meeting, How it’s Important for Ukraine Crisis?

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tish Prime Minister Boris Johnson called an emergency COBRA meeting in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in London

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called an emergency COBRA meeting in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

These meetings are frequently held in times of emergency or in response to threats such as war, bad weather, or terrorism – but what does the abbreviation stand for, and what exactly do the meetings entail?

What does COBRA stand for?

The abbreviation stands for ‘Cabinet Office Briefing Room A,’ and it alludes to the British emergency council that is called in the event of a catastrophe. These councils are created for situations in which several distinct departments must collaborate closely.

They assemble in the briefing rooms of the Cabinet Office, usually room A, which is where the sessions get their name.

What is the purpose of a COBRA meeting?

A COBRA meeting is intended to bring together all of the important decision-makers and advisers. It’s similar to the ‘Situation Room’ in the White House.


read more: How World Responds to Russia’s Invasion in Ukraine


COBRA meetings, which began in 1972, have been used to deal with a variety of events, including terrorist attacks in UK and across Europe and the United States. During Novichok poisoning case, and the recent storms that have ravaged the UK, COBRA meeting was held to tackle the situation.

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Prime Minister Boris Johnson convened an emergency COBRA meeting today.

Top government officials attended the emergency COBRA meeting, which most likely considered additional penalties to be imposed on Russia in the aftermath of the invasion, as well as the UK’s response to the invasion.

Johnson promised on Twitter that the UK would reply “decisively”

“I am appalled by the horrific events in Ukraine,” the UK Prime Minister tweeted, “I have spoken with President Zelenskyy to discuss next steps.”

“By unleashing this unprovoked attack on Ukraine, President Putin has chosen a road of slaughter and ruin. The United Kingdom and our allies will respond forcefully.”

Boris Johnson informed Zelenskyy that the West “would not stand by as President Putin waged his assault against the Ukrainian people,” as per an official spokesperson for UK Prime Minister.

The spokesperson added, “The prime minister said he hoped Ukraine could resist and that Ukraine and its people were in the thoughts of everyone in the United Kingdom people during this dark time.”

Foreign Office Minister James Cleverly promised that Russia will face “unprecedented” new sanctions as a result of its “appalling decision” to invade Ukraine.

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