Russia has accused U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson of "Russophobic hysteria" after he accused the country of carrying out an attack on an aid convoy in Syria and called for demonstrations outside the Russian embassy in London.
Speaking in a U.K. parliamentary debate on Tuesday about the long-running civil war in Syria, Johnson said there was evidence that Russia – which is supporting the regime of President Bashir al Assad against rebel groups – was responsible for an attack on a United Nations aid convoy in Syria last month in which at least 20 people were killed.
"All the available evidence therefore points to Russian responsibility for the atrocity and I trust the UN board of inquiry will establish what happened," Johnson said.
The Russian Defense Ministry hit back on Wednesday, however, denying the allegation and accusing Johnson of "Russophobic hysteria."
"There were no Russian planes in the area of the aid convoy to Aleppo. That is a fact," ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said in a statement, Reuters reported on Wednesday.