UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Admits to 2018 Private Meeting with Former KGB Agent

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson admitted for the first time that he met with Russian oligarch and former KGB officer Alexander Lebedev without officials present when he was a foreign secretary.

“I have certainly met him without officials,” Johnson told the Commons Liaison Committee during questioning on July 6.

“I met him on a very few occasions,” Johnson added.

When pressed for details if he met Lebedev in Italy without officials while he was a foreign secretary in April 2018, Johnson said he “probably” did.

Johnson said that he thinks he reported the specific meeting with Lebedev in Italy to officials.

“I am certainly not going to deny having met Alexander Lebedev. I certainly have,” Johnson said.

The disclosure comes amid an investigation by the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee over the appointment of Lebedev’s son, Evgeny, to the House of Lords.

Johnson made Evgeny a member of the House of Lords despite warning from security services that it posed a national security risk.

Evgeny has denied posing a “security risk” to the UK.


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