Missile threat over the phone
In the story, as seen in the preview, the former prime minister of the British government tells about his “very long” and “extraordinary” telephone conversation with the Russian president after his visit to kyiv at the beginning of February last year.
Vladimir Putin was still saying at the time that he had no intention of invading his Ukrainian neighbor, despite the massive influx of Russian military into the border regions. Boris Johnson recounts that he warned the Russian president about the heavy sanctions Westerners would take if he did so.
So, Johnson claims that Putin told him: “Boris, you say that Ukraine will not join NATO so soon. (…) What do you mean by ‘so soon’?”
“Well, he’s not going to join NATO in the near future, you know that very well,” Johnson replied.who supported the Ukrainians from the very beginning.
“At one point, he threatened me in a way and said: ‘Boris, I don’t want to hurt him, but with a missile, that would take a minute’ or something like that.”bill Boris Johnson.
“I think that taking into account the relaxed tone that he took, the distance that he seemed to have, he did not take into account my attempts to get him to negotiate,” adds the former British prime minister, who left his post at the beginning of last September, after a series of of scandals.
In the documentary, the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky He tells how he was upset with the attitude of Westerners then. “If you know that Russia will invade Ukraine tomorrow, why don’t you offer me today to stop it? If you can’t, then stop it yourselves,” she said.