Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson The Russian president revealed. Vladimir PutinHe threatened a missile attack when they spoke on the phone before the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.
According to the former British Conservative leader, Putin did not mean to hurt him, but said the missile attack “It’ll take a minute”.
The threat, according to Johnson on Monday night’s show BBCThis was done after the former prime minister warned Putin War would be a “total catastrophe.”
Johnson’s account is part of a British Public Broadcasting documentary assessing Putin’s interactions with world leaders before the February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.
The former head of the UK government warned Putin in this lengthy phone conversation An invasion of Ukraine would trigger Western sanctions and the deployment of Atlantic Alliance forces along the borders with Russia.
Johnson tried to block 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 only takes a minute” or something like that.Johnson explained.
“But the very relaxed tone he was taking, the uneasy air he seemed to have, I think he was toying with my attempts to negotiate with him,” Johnson added, calling the call “very familiar.” and “extraordinary.”
“He said, ‘Boris, you’re saying Ukraine won’t be joining NATO anytime soon … what’s soon?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s not going to join NATO in the future. You know very well,'” Johnson said of the call with Putin. Guardian.
The British media has pointed out that Defense Secretary Ben Wallace spoke in the documentary A failed attempt to negotiate an end to the war went to Moscow in February. He met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, and Chief of General Staff, Valery Gerasimo.
“I remember saying to Minister Shoigu, ‘They will fight,’ and he said, ‘My mother is Ukrainian; they won’t! He also said that he had no intention of invadingWallace said.
Documentary BBCIt has the title “Putin vs. the West”On February 11, 2022, Secretary of Defense Ben Wallace traveled to Moscow to meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, and assured Russia that an invasion of Ukraine would not take place.
(with information from EFE)
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