“Boris, Don’t Want To Hurt You…”: Fmr UK PM’s shocking revelations on Putin
30 January, 2023 | Vaishali Sharma
Boris Johnson, the former UK prime minister, claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile strike prior to Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in February last yea
Boris Johnson, the former UK prime minister, claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile strike prior to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine in February last year. The claim was made by Boris Johnson in a BBC programme titled ‘Putin vs the West’. Other information about Vladimir Putin and Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine were also given by the former prime minister.
“He sort of threatened me at one point and said, ‘Boris, I don’t want to hurt you, but with a missile, it would only take a minute’, or something like that,” Johnson quoted Putin as saying.
Johnson emerged as one of the most impassioned Western backers of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
But prior to the invasion, he says he was at pains to tell Putin that there was no imminent prospect of Ukraine joining NATO, while warning him that any invasion would mean “more NATO, not less NATO” on Russia’s borders.
“He said, ‘Boris, you say that Ukraine is not going to join NATO any time soon.
“‘What is any time soon?’ And I said, ‘well it’s not going to join NATO for the foreseeable future. You know that perfectly well’.”
On the missile threat, Johnson added: “I think from the very relaxed tone that he was taking, the sort of air of detachment that he seemed to have, he was just playing along with my attempts to get him to negotiate.”
It also features Zelensky reflecting on his thwarted ambitions to join NATO prior to Russia’s attack.
“If you know that tomorrow Russia will occupy Ukraine, why don’t you give me something today I can stop it with?” he says.
“Or if you can’t give it to me, then stop it yourself.”