Boris Johnson: Putin will use World Cup like Hitler used 1936 Olympics

UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson likens Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler, saying the Russian president will use this summer’s World Cup soccer tournament as the Nazi dictator used the 1936 Olympics.

“I think that your characterization of what is going to happen in Moscow, the World Cup, in all the venues — yes, I think the comparison with 1936 is certainly right. I think it’s an emetic prospect, frankly, to think of Putin glorying in this sporting event,” says Johnson in response to Labour MP Ian Austin, according to The Guardian.

He says the government has not decided whether to advise British nationals not to attend the World Cup.

Johnson was speaking with MPs regarding the recent poisoning in England of a former Russian double agent, which the UK and its allies have blamed on Moscow.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrives at Downing Street in London for the weekly cabinet meeting on March 20, 2018. (AFP Photo/Ben Stansall)

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