The Prime Minister has said he fears Putin could make the “catastrophic mistake” of turning to chemical weapons in his attacks on Ukraine. Speaking on the 15th day of Russia’s invasion of its neighbour, Mr Johnson called Moscow a “cynical, barbaric government”.
Speaking on Sky News’ Beth Rigby Interviews programme, the Prime Minister said: “The stuff that you’re hearing about chemical weapons is straight out of their playbook.
“They start saying that there are chemical weapons that have been stored by their opponents or by the Americans.
“And so when they themselves deploy chemical weapons, as I fear they may, they have a sort of maskirovka — a fake story — ready to go.
“You’ve seen it in Syria. You saw it even in the UK. That’s what they’re already doing. It is a cynical, barbaric government.”
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