Boris Johnson, the former British Prime Minister, who was forced to resign after multiple scandals and allegations came to light, says Russian head of state Vladimir Putin allegedly threatened him with a missile strike. According to Boris, the threat came in the days leading up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine during an “extraordinary” phone call between the two leaders.
During a BBC documentary about Mr Putin’s encounters with world leaders over the years, an assertion was made about the purported threat.
As Johnson explained, the comment Putin made came after he had warned that the war would be an absolute disaster. Boris said he warned the Russian leader that the invasion of Ukraine would result in Western sanctions and additional Nato troops on the Russian border.
The spokesman for the Kremlin, in response to the allegations from Johnson, said that the former prime minister’s assertion was “either a deliberate falsehood, in which case you need to ask Mr Johnson why he lied, or it was not a deliberate lie.” “That is, he didn’t understand what President Putin was saying to him,” Dmitry Peskov told the BBC in an interview.
The spokesman also unequivocally said there was no threat to use missiles from the Kremlin. In a statement, the Kremlin spokesman said that it was not true, but a lie.
Moreover, Johnson said he tried to deter Russian military action by telling Putin that Ukraine would not join NATO in the near future.
“He threatened me at one point, and he said, ‘Boris, I don’t want to hurt you but, with a missile, it would only take a minute,” Johnson revealed.
Exactly nine days after Boris Johnson’s controversial conversation with President Putin, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace, met his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, in Moscow.
Reports released by Downing Street of the call made no mention of the exchange. However, every officially arranged phone call is documented and kept for archival purposes by a Number 10 official.
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