Monday, July 22

Johnson hits back at Putin after attack on Western values



Boris Johnson today warned Vladimir Putin that he will be proved wrong by history after the Russian president suggested Western liberalism was obsolete.

Speaking to The Evening Standard, Mr Johnson, the frontrunner to be the next Prime Minister, also hit back against the Russian leader over the Salisbury Novichok poisonings, stressing the need for justice, the rule of law and a simple of code of decency in international relations.

His strong words showed that he would be prepared to be tough with Russia over aggressive acts if he gains the keys to No10.

In an interview with The Financial Times, the Russian leader said the liberal idea had outlived its purpose.

However, Mr Johnson rejected this argument and also highlighted how the West had united in horror against Moscow over the poisonings using a military grade nerve agent of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal his daughter Yulia in Salisbury in March 2018.

The former Foreign Secretary said: Vladimir Putin will be proved wrong by history liberalism will continue to triumph.

I saw first hand how nations across the world came together to back Britain and back the international order with 28 countries expelling 153 (Russian) diplomats together we stuck up for justice, the rule of law and a simple of code of decency in international relations.

Mr Putin appeared to want to move on from the Novichok row which damaged Anglo-Russia relations.

However, Theresa May stressed, ahead of a meeting with Mr Putin, that the suspects in the Salisbury attack should be brought to justice.

Britain believes at least two officers from Russia’s military intelligence service, the GRU, were behind the poisoning of Mr Skripal and his daughter who both survived the poisoning, but a British woman, Dawn Sturgess, died last July after accidentally coming into contact with Novichok through handling a contaminated perfume bottle.