October 13, 2016 / 9:51 AM / 10 months ago

UK foreign minister plays down new Cold War with Russia

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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