Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed that the president of Russia, Vladimir Putinthreatened to attack him with a missile during a phone call they had before the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
According to the former British Conservative leader, Putin told him that he did not want to hurt him but that the missile attack “it would only take a minute”.
The threat, according to Johnson in a program that will be broadcast on Monday night by the BBCwas made after the former prime minister warned Putin that the war would be a “total catastrophe”.
Johnson’s account is part of a British public broadcaster documentary assessing Putin’s contacts with world leaders before the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.
The former head of the United Kingdom Government also warned Putin, in this long telephone conversation, that invasion of ukraine would trigger western sanctions and the deployment of forces of the Atlantic Alliance on the borders with Russia.
Johnson also tried to prevent Russian military action by telling Putin that Ukraine would not join NATO.
“He threatened me at one point and told me: ‘Boris, I don’t want to hurt you but, with a missile, it would only take a minute’ or something like that.”Johnson recounted.
“But I think because of the very relaxed tone that he was taking, the kind of nonchalant air that he seemed to have, he was just playing with my attempts to get him to negotiate,” added Johnson, calling the call “very familiar” and “extraordinary.” .
The documentary of the BBCwhich bears the title of “Putin vs. the West”also says that on February 11, 2022, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace traveled to Moscow to meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu, leaving Russia with assurances that the invasion of Ukraine would not take place.
(With information from EFE)
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