Putin responds to Western leaders who laughed at his shirtless appearance

Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the conversation between G7 leaders, which began with a proposal to take their jackets off the table and ended with a discussion about a photo of him. in riding a horse in topless published several years ago.

“I don’t know how they wanted to take their clothes off to the waist or below,” Putin told reporters Wednesday night. “I think it would have been a disgusting sight in in both cases”.

G7 leaders ridiculed the Russian president’s image as a strongman during their meeting in Germany last Sunday, and they joked asking if they should only wear T-shirts or maybe something less.

Do we keep the jackets?

“Do we keep our jackets? Do we take them off?” Asked British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as they sat down at a table at Elmo Castle. in Bavaria, where German Chancellor Olaf Scholz hosted the G7 summit.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau suggested waiting for the official photo before undressing, but Johnson joked: “We have to prove that we are stronger than Putin.”

“We’re going to have a scene of a topless horseman on horseback,” Trudeau said, referring to Putin’s famous 2009 photo.

For her part, the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that “riding is the best thing”, without commenting specifically on the issue of clothing.

“We have to show them our muscles,” Johnson replied.

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