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Boris Johnson: Putin threatened to attack Britain with missiles

Boris Johnson: Putin threatened to attack Britain with missiles

Boris Johnson has said that Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile attack in an "extraordinary" phone call on the eve of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

The prime minister at the time stated that Putin told him it would "only take a minute".

Johnson said the threat came after he warned the war would be a "total disaster" during a "very long" phone call in February 2022.

Johnson warned Putin that invading Ukraine would lead to Western sanctions and more NATO troops on Russia's borders.

He also tried to thwart Russian military action by telling Putin that Ukraine would not join NATO "for the foreseeable future."

But Johnson said: "He threatened me at one point and said, 'Boris, I don't want to hurt you, but, with a missile, it would only take a minute.'

However, given previous Russian attacks on the UK - most recently in Salisbury in 2018 - any threat from the Russian leader, Johnson would have no choice but to take seriously.

Nine days later, on February 11, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace flew to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu.

Source: BBC

 

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