“We have no evidence the Russians are actually involved in trying to undermine our democratic processes,” Johnson told British ITV’s Peston on Sunday show.
“But what we do have is plenty of evidence that the Russians are capable of doing that,” he insisted adding that Russians “have been up to all sorts of dirty tricks.”
Remarkably, Johnson made these statements just weeks before his visit to Russia, during which he will meet with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov. His visit would be the first made to Moscow by a British Foreign Minister in five years.
When asked what the UK’s approach to Russia should be now, he said that Britain needs to take “a twin-track approach” towards Russia.
“As the prime minister has said, we’ve got to engage but we have to beware,” Johnson stated.