Putin and the threat to Boris Johnson: “It would take a minute”. The phone call with the Tsar

Putin and the threat to Boris Johnson: “It would take a minute”.  The phone call with the Tsar

“I just need a minute…”. Boris Johnson has revealed Vladimir Putin’s threat to the UK. The former British prime minister, interviewed by the BBC for a documentary entitled “Putin against the West”, told of a past that had never surfaced until now.

During a “very long, extraordinary and very informal” phone call ahead of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, Johnson warned his caller that the war would be a “total catastrophe” for everyone and would lead to financial sanctions as well as to an increase in NATO troops even on Russia’s borders. On the other hand, if it had not attacked, Ukraine would not have joined the Atlantic Alliance “in the near future”.

But Putin’s reaction was dire: “At one point he threatened me, saying: Boris, I don’t want to hurt you, but with a missile, it would only take a minute. Or something like this. However, I believe that due to the very relaxed tone, due to the kind of detached air he seemed to have, he was just playing with my attempts to convince him to negotiate”, reported the former prime minister. It is impossible to know whether the threat was real or not, but the BBC documentary recalls that on February 11, nine days after that phone call, British Defense Minister Ben Wallace met with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu, in Moscow, receiving assurances that Russia would not invade Ukraine. They both knew it was a lie.

Source: IL Tempo

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