Former British Prime Minister

Boris Johnson

said that Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened him with a missile strike during an "emergency" telephone conversation on the eve of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

According to Johnson, Putin told him it would "only take a minute."

The details of the conversation are in the BBC documentary.

Putin issued the threat after the then-prime minister warned that war would be a "total disaster" for the Kremlin during a "very long" conversation in February 2022.

Johnson warned that an invasion of Ukraine would lead to Western sanctions and an increase in the number of NATO troops on Russia's borders.

He also tried to contain Russian military action by telling Putin that Ukraine would not join NATO anytime soon.

Johnson also added: "One time he threatened me and said, 'Boris, I don't want to hurt you, but with a rocket it's only going to take a minute... or something like that.'

What is known about the nuclear threat

Vladimir Putin said the day before that the Russian Federation could launch a pre-emptive 

nuclear strike 

to disarm the enemy.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyi believes that Putin can use 

nuclear weapons

 if he so decides.

Military expert Oleg Zhdanov noted that the Russian dictator has again started 

threatening nuclear weapons,

 because this is the only topic that can still embarrass the West.

However, according to the expert, Putin's nuclear rhetoric has changed, as he has stated that Russia will never be the first to use nuclear weapons, but only in response.

Mykhailo Samus, deputy director of the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Research on International Affairs, believes that Putin could have used

 nuclear weapons 

against Ukraine as early as February 24, but he did not dare to do so yet.

Even if the Armed Forces begin to liberate Crimea, a nuclear strike is unlikely to happen.

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