The foreign secretary of UK Boris Johnson allegedly talked with individual named by the FBI in its Trump-Russia investigation - Joseph Mifsud, the “London professor” with high-level Kremlin contacts, informs The Guardian.
At the same time the concern is growing about possible Russian interference in the Brexit campaign, in which the foreign secretary played a crucial role.
Last week, a spokesman said Johnson had “never met” Mifsud, a statement that was updated to “never knowingly met” after they confirmed his presence at the event. Last week a Foreign Office source said: “The foreign secretary has his photo taken with countless people he does not know, particularly during events attended by 150 people at which he’s the main speaker.”
Chris Bryant MP, the vice chair of the all-party parliamentary Russia group, said: “It’s all distinctly fishy. Boris Johnson’s relationship with the truth right now seems distinctly casual. We asked him about Russian interference in Brexit in the foreign affairs committee last week and he categorically denied he had seen a shred of evidence. I just thought ‘blimey’. Even as a junior minister in the foreign office, Russian stuff came across my desk every single day.”