October 13, 2016 / 9:51 AM / 9 months ago

UK foreign minister plays down new Cold War with Russia

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Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson speaks at the annual Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, Britain, October 2, 2016.Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Thursday it was not "entirely right" to talk about a new Cold War with Russia because Moscow did not pose as much of a threat to global stability as the former Soviet Union had.

"It is doing many, many terrible things ... but I don't think Russia today can be compared with the Soviet Union that I remember as a child. I don't think it is as much of a threat to the stability of the world as the former Soviet Union," he told a parliamentary committee.

"I don't think it's entirely right ... to talk about a new Cold War."

Reporting by Kylie MacLellan and William James, writing by Elizabeth Piper; editing by Stephen Addison

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