UK foreign minister Cleverly: Putin has long history of sabre-rattling

British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs James Cleverly speaks during Britain's Conservative Party's annual conference, in Birmingham, Britain, October 4, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Foreign minister James Cleverly said on Wednesday Britain was listening carefully to nuclear threats made by Russian President Vladimir Putin but that Putin had a long history of "sabre-rattling".

Asked whether Russian nuclear threats had to be taken seriously, Cleverly told BBC radio: "We always listen carefully ... to what Vladimir Putin is saying. We also recognise of course that he has a long history of sabre-rattling."

Reporting by Farouq Suleiman; editing by William James

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