Former UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has claimed in a recent BBC documentary that Russian President, Vladimir Putin, threatened him with a missile strike during a phone call prior to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
According to Johnson, the call took place after he warned Putin that the war would result in an “utter catastrophe”.
Johnson stated that during the call, he tried to deter Russian military action by informing Putin that Ukraine would not be joining NATO “for the foreseeable future”. In response, Putin allegedly threatened Johnson with a missile strike, saying “Boris, I don’t want to hurt you but, with a missile, it would only take a minute.” The Kremlin spokesman dismissed Johnson’s claim as a “lie.”
Johnson also warned Putin that the invasion of Ukraine would lead to Western sanctions and an increase in NATO troops on Russia’s borders. The claim is part of a larger documentary examining Putin’s interactions with world leaders over the years.
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In conclusion, Boris Johnson has made a claim of a threatening phone call with Vladimir Putin in the lead up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Kremlin has dismissed the claim as false.