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Russia Denies Boris Johnson's claim Putin threatened to kill him with missile

The Kremlin has called Boris Johnson a liar and denied claims made by the ex-PM that Vladimir Putin threatened to kill him with a missile in a call ahead of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Mr Johnson had been speaking about the West’s response to the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014 and the subsequent war in eastern Ukraine.

He said that he had spoken to the Russian president in February 2022 and that Mr Putin had “sort of threatened me”.

The former prime minister said that Mr Putin had told him: “Boris, I don’t want to hurt you, but with a missile, it would only take a minute”.

The Kremlin has denied that the conversation between Mr Johnson and Mr Putin ever took place, and has dismissed Mr Johnson’s account of the conversation as a “lie”.

The Kremlin has also denied that Mr Putin ever made any threats to the former British prime minister.

This is not the first time that Mr Johnson has been accused of misrepresenting the truth. In 2018, he was accused of lying about the UK’s Brexit deal with the European Union.

Mr Johnson has been outspoken on the need to provide President Volodymyr Zelensky and Ukraine with Western assistance, including military aid, in the face of Russian aggression.

However, the Kremlin has accused the former prime minister of spreading false information about the situation in Ukraine, and has said that the West is using Ukraine as a pawn in its geopolitical games.

The dispute between Mr Johnson and the Kremlin over the phone call between the two leaders is indicative of the deteriorating relationship between the two countries.

The UK and Russia have been at loggerheads since the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in 2018.

The UK has accused the Kremlin of being behind the attack, which the Russian government has denied.

The dispute between Mr Johnson and the Kremlin is the latest in a series of incidents that have further strained the already tense relationship between the two countries.

The UK has imposed sanctions on Russia, including the expulsion of diplomats, and has accused the Kremlin of a range of malign activities, including cyber attacks and interference in elections.

The Kremlin has denied the accusations and accused the West of using Ukraine as a pawn in its geopolitical games.

The dispute between Mr Johnson and the Kremlin is a further sign of the deteriorating relationship between the two countries and a reminder of the need for dialogue and diplomacy to resolve the differences between them.

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