‘Putin had threatened missile attack’, claims former UK PM Boris Johnson, know the whole matter
Putin threatened missile to former UK PM Boris Johnson before Russia-Ukraine war
Putin threatened them in a phone call just before the invasion on February 24
Johnson and other Western leaders show support for Ukraine and try to deter Russian attack
London: Britain’s former prime minister has claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to personally target Boris Johnson with a missile strike just before he ordered Russian forces into Ukraine. He made the threat in a phone call just before the attack on February 24, according to a new BBC documentary to be aired on Monday.
“He kind of threatened me and said, ‘Boris, I don’t want to hurt you, but with a missile, it will only take a minute,’ Johnson told Putin, reports AFP news agency. Johnson and other Western leaders have been trying to show support for Ukraine and deter Russian aggression. Johnson has emerged as one of the most passionate Western supporters of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Putin said on the call, ‘Boris, you say that Ukraine is not going to join NATO soon.’ What’s the time soon?’ And I said, ‘It’s not going to join NATO for the foreseeable future. You know it very well.’ On the missile threat, Johnson said, ‘I think he was taking it very quietly, kind of aired detachment, he was just playing along with my attempts to negotiate.’
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BBC documentary on the growing rift between the Russian leader and the West in the years before the invasion of Ukraine. It also shows Zelensky reflecting on his failed ambitions to join NATO before Russia invades. ‘If you know tomorrow Russia will take over Ukraine, why don’t you give me something today to stop it and if you can’t, stop it yourself.’
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 30, 2023, 08:05 IST