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Russian President Vladimir Putin fired again at Western leaders who mocked his bravado on Thursday, saying his counterparts would look “disgusting” shirtless.
Putin made the remark days after Western leaders assembly on the G7 summit riffed on Putin’s penchant for broadcasting his naked chest to the world on Sunday.
“I don’t know how they wanted to get undressed, above or below the waist,” Putin instructed reporters. “But I think it would be a disgusting sight in any case.”
“It’s necessary to stop abusing alcohol and other bad habits, do physical exercise and take part in sports,” he added.
U.Ok. Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicked issues off whereas gathered round a desk with President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, and others.
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“Jackets on? Jackets off? Shall we take our clothes off?” Johnson joked, referencing the reportedly intense temperature of the room.
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Trudeau instructed they preserve the jackets on lengthy sufficient to take footage.
“We have to show that we’re tougher than Putin,” Johnson quipped.
“We’re going to get the bare-chested horseback riding display,” Trudeau added.
Johnson ribbed, “We’ve got to show them our pecs,” whereas Von der Leyen interjected, “Horseback riding is the best.”
Biden didn’t weigh in on the jokes.
In Putin’s public photographs, the Russian chief has tried to painting himself as a talented athlete and outdoorsman.
The Related Press contributed to this report.