Former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly claimed that in the days preceding up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened to murder him with a missile attack.
Johnson made the remark in a BBC programme.
Johnson said that Putin “threatened me at one point, and he said, ‘Boris, I don’t want to hurt you but, with a missile, it would only take a minute’ or something like that. Jolly.”
A Kremlin official rejected Johnson’s assertion, assuring reporters that Putin never threatened British Prime Minister David Cameron with a missile attack.
“There were no threats with missiles. While talking about security challenges to Russia, President Putin said that if Ukraine joins NATO the potential deployment of U.S. or other NATO missiles near our borders would mean that any such missile could reach Moscow in minutes.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
Johnson described a phone discussion he had with Putin in the days leading up to Ukraine’s invasion in February 2022.
Following a series of controversies, Johnson resigned as British Prime Minister in September.