Kremlin Calls Boris Johnson Memory That Putin Threatened Britain With a Missile Strike "Fake News."
"But once again I officially repeat: this is a lie, there were no threats with missiles." -- Dmitry Peskov
February 1, 2023
1.30.23: A Kremlin spokesman dismissed former British PM Boris Johnson's claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile strike.
Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov described the claim as a "lie" Monday, telling reporters "What Mr. Johnson said is not true. More precisely, it is a lie," he said according to an NBC News translation of the comments.
The former U.K. prime minister recalled a phone call with Putin in a BBC documentary in February 2022, just before Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Johnson said in the show 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."
"But 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," Johnson said.
"This may either be a deliberate lie by Mr. Johnson, and then the question arises as to the reasons for his presentation of such a version of events. Or he actually did not understand what President Putin was talking about with him. And in this case it becomes a little worrying for the interlocutors of our President," Peskov said.
"But once again I officially repeat: this is a lie, there were no threats with missiles."