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Boris Johnson hit out at Nigel Farage over claims the West provoked Vladimir Putin into invading Ukraine.

The former prime minister accused the Reform UK chief of spreading “Kremlin propaganda”.

Mr Farage made the controversial feedback in a BBC interview and has since doubled down on them in an article over the weekend.

Mr Johnson mentioned: “This is nauseating ahistorical drivel and more Kremlin propaganda.

“Nobody provoked Putin. Nobody ‘poked the bear with a stick’.

“The people of Ukraine voted overwhelmingly in 1991 to be a sovereign and independent country.

“They have been completely entitled to hunt each Nato and EU membership. There is just one particular person chargeable for Russian aggression in opposition to Ukraine – each in 2014 and 2022 – and that’s Putin.

“To try to spread the blame is morally repugnant and parroting Putin’s lies.”

Mr Farage mentioned he was not an “apologist” for the Russian president however “what I have been saying for the past 10 years is that the West has played into Putin’s hands, giving him the excuse to do what he wanted to do anyway”.

Writing within the Sunday Telegraph, he mentioned: “Don’t blame me for telling the truth about Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine. Facing up to the facts about the mistakes of the past has to be the first step towards the peaceful future we all want to see.”

He added: “I am not and never have been an apologist or supporter of Putin. His invasion of Ukraine was immoral, outrageous and indefensible.”

But he added: “Back in 2014, when the EU first offered Ukraine an accession agreement, I said in a speech in the European Parliament that ‘there will be a war in Ukraine’. Why? Because the expansion of Nato and the European Union was giving Putin a pretext he would not ignore.

“If you poke the Russian bear with a stick, do not be stunned if he responds. And when you’ve got neither the means nor the political will to face him down, poking a bear is just not good coverage.”