Intelligence expert Christopher Steele told LBC there must be a “proper investigation” into the “strange and curious” relationship between Boris Johnson and Alexander Lebedev. He said the Prime Minister had not provided “direct answers” about the couple’s relationship and that “it raises important national security questions”. The meeting in question involved Mr Johnson visiting Mr Lebedev’s property in Italy in 2018, where he allegedly had a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Mr Johnson told Commons today through one of his ministers that he ‘thought he mentioned’ talking to his officials about the engagement.
Mr Steele said: ‘I’m afraid this needs a proper investigation. And this investigation must really be carried out by the security services of this country and not by parliamentarians.
“Because it raises important national security issues. There is a suggestion, for example, that on the agenda for this visit was a phone call to the Russian Foreign Minister [Sergei] Lavrov.
“I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it certainly needs proper investigation.”
He added: “I think we have to get to the bottom of the whole Johnson Lebedev relationship.
“It’s very strange and curious. There has been a lot of speculation about this and very few straight answers.
“I think it’s something the security services have to deal with now and I don’t know why at the time when Theresa May was Prime Minister it wasn’t handled properly.
“Maybe the government didn’t know, but they definitely should have.”
The Lebedev case came under fresh scrutiny today after Foreign Secretary Vicky Ford told a meeting in the House of Commons that Mr Johnson had told her ‘that he thinks he mentioned” his meeting with the Russian oligarch.
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