Russia has branded Boris Johnson ‘completely confused’ and slammed Liz Truss’ ‘poor geography’ as diplomats ramped up rhetoric about Ukraine today.
Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman, said the Russian president was ready to offer explanations on the situation in Eastern Europe “even to someone who is completely confused” after Mr Johnson canceled a call to the Kremlin on Monday.
And Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry, took aim at Liz Truss after falsely saying Britain will support “our Baltic allies across the Black Sea” – two different bodies of water more than 700 miles apart.
“Ms. Truss, your knowledge of history is nothing compared to your knowledge of geography,” she wrote in a blog post.
“If anyone needs saving from anything, it is from the world, from the stupidity and ignorance of British politicians.”
Boris Johnson was branded “completely confused” by Putin’s spokesman after he traveled to Kiev to support the Ukrainian government (pictured).
Russia has had its sights set on Britain since Westminster began providing military support to Ukraine and sent hundreds of anti-tank missiles into Kiev to deter a Russian attack.
Tensions rose further this week when Boris Johnson called off a meeting with Vladimir Putin on Monday to defend himself against allegations of breaking lockdown rules in Parliament.
Mr Johnson escaped the excitement at home and then flew to Kiev, where he gave President Zelenskyy his full support – threatening to sanction Moscow if “a toe cap” by a Russian soldier enters Ukraine.
When asked about the canceled call on Wednesday, Mr Peskov replied: “As you know, we have not announced a call with Prime Minister Johnson and will not announce it any further.
“It makes sense to talk to everyone. Russia and President Putin are open to communication with everyone. He is ready to give exhaustive explanations even to someone who is completely confused,” he added.
Mr Peskow also tongue-licked White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki after she compared Russia to a fox standing on top of a chicken coop screaming that it was being threatened by chickens.
Liz Truss has been slammed for “poor knowledge of geography” after vowing to support Britain’s “Baltic allies across the Black Sea” – two different bodies of water 700 miles apart (file image).
“Russia is traditionally always compared to a bear. But a bear cannot stand on a chicken coop. It’s too big and too heavy,’ he said.
The blows came a day after Putin spoke publicly about the Ukraine crisis for the first time this year and accused Washington of trying to lure Moscow into war by insisting on the possibility that Kiev would one day become part of NATO could join.
“It is already clear… that fundamental Russian concerns have been ignored,” Putin said on Tuesday.
He described a possible future scenario in which Ukraine would be accepted into NATO and then attempt to retake the Crimean peninsula, territory Russia captured in 2014.
“Should we go to war against the NATO bloc? Has anyone thought about this? Apparently not,’ he said.
Washington and its allies have said they will not send troops to protect Ukraine from a Russian attack, but will send arms to help Ukrainians defend themselves and respond with financial sanctions against Moscow.
Russia has been massing its forces around Ukraine over the past two months and holding a series of unannounced combat drills while ramping up the pressure
Russian tanks are taking part in preparatory training exercises in Belarus today ahead of much larger exercises starting next week
Russia, which is still Europe’s top energy supplier despite being under US and EU sanctions since Ukraine annexed Crimea in 2014, has dismissed additional sanctions as an empty threat.
Peskov said Washington’s behavior was unpredictable and Moscow was taking steps to mitigate the impact of the sanctions.
Washington and its allies have rejected Russia’s two main demands — that Ukraine be prevented from ever joining NATO and that troop deployments be reversed in Eastern European countries that joined the alliance after the end of the Cold War.
The Spanish newspaper El Pais published an allegedly leaked copy of a US response to Russian demands in which Washington offered talks with Moscow over an agreement to bar either side from deploying offensive missiles or troops in Ukraine.
Washington can also assure that it has no cruise missiles in Poland or Romania and discuss steps to prevent dangerous incidents in the air or at sea, the document said, which appeared to agree with the US public position.