Boris Johnson claims that Putin threatened to kill him with a missile just days before the Ukraine war.
Why it matters
The claim is significant as it highlights the tense relationship between the UK and Russia, and the aggressive tactics used by Putin in his foreign policy.
What the papers say
Most sources report on Johnson's claim, with the Kremlin denying the allegation. Some sources also report on the wider context of the Ukraine war and the tensions between the UK and Russia.
How we got here
The Ukraine war began in February 2022, with Russia annexing Crimea and supporting separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. The UK and other Western countries have imposed sanctions on Russia in response to its actions in Ukraine.
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