Boris Johnson exclusive interview: Russia, Yemen, Brexit… beavers — leave it all to me

The foreign secretary is keen to show he is a serious politician who can solve diplomatic crises and save wildlife

‘What we need with Brexit is to do something new and ambitious,’ says JohnsonFRANCESCO GUIDCINI/THE SUNDAY TIMES

Boris Johnson is full of beans, which says much about his resilience and glass half-full approach to life. On Thursday he will become the first British foreign secretary to visit Moscow for five years, where he is braced for sticky talks with his opposite number, Sergey Lavrov.

Johnson’s last planned trip to Russia was canned in the spring when Downing Street and the White House deemed that his brand of diplomacy would be unhelpful. Brexit, which he helped bring about, is proceeding but not always in the direction he wanted.

Yet Johnson is a key player in government and a force in the Tory world because he does not waste time licking his wounds. The Moscow trip will be a showcase for his Churchillian resolution…

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