Boris Johnson’s verbal war with Vladimir Putin reached new heights when the Russian president declared that he would make a “disgusting scene” wearing his top.
During two summits this week, Putin reacted to several personal attacks by Ben Wallace (Defense Secretary) and the Prime Minister.
At a G7 meeting in Bavaria, Mr. Johnson said he would remove his jacket to prove he was tougher than Putin. This referenced staged photos of the Russian leader, topless, participating in outdoor pursuits like horse riding and river fishing.
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, stated that the pair should “bare-chested horseback ride,” while Johnson suggested they “show them their pecs.”
Putin reacted to the Western leaders during the Caspian Summit, Turkmenistan.
He said, “I don’t know how they wanted they are undressed above or below the waist.” “But it would be a disgusting sight, in any case.”
He stated that to look good, it was important to quit using alcohol and other bad behaviors, exercise, and participate in sports.
Johnson was a schoolboy rugby player. He is often seen jogging in formal shoes but sometimes in casual sneakers.
He was also photographed playing tennis. A source close to him stated that he wasn’t a big drinker.
After Mr. Johnson and Mr. Wallace had criticized Putin as “macho” and “lunatic,” the latest exchange occurred.
On Tuesday, the Prime Minister stated that Putin would not have started crazy macho warfare, an invasion by violence in the manner he did.
“If you are looking for a perfect example of toxic masculinity, this is what he’s doing in Ukraine.”
In a separate interview, the Prime Minister was asked if he believed Putin to be evil. He replied, “I think it probably means that if your actions are consistent with your beliefs, then you will also believe in him.” It was an appalling act of unwarranted aggression against innocent people [of Ukraine].
Wallace, who had previously accused Putin of “full tonto” in invading Ukraine, doubled his criticisms and stated that Putin, who stands at 5ft 7in tall, was suffering from “small-man syndrome.”
LBC spoke to him: “I believe Putin’s view of the world and himself is a small-man syndrome, macho view.” He’s a master of the expression “small woman syndrome,” which you rarely hear.
The Defense Secretary said: “I think that the real problem here is the Russian system’s view that some states are less than others, and their rights don’t count.”
“If they want their history to be changed, they seem to believe violence and invasion is the best way to do it, and that is something I worry about.”
A Downing Street spokesperson said that the insulting Putin was not an intentional strategy to denigrate Russia in light of the war in Ukraine.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss refused to repeat the insults made by her Cabinet colleagues. She suggested that name-calling did not help resolve the crisis in Ukraine.
Times Radio spoke out, saying that Putin can do very, very bad things. I don’t pretend to be able to conduct a psychological assessment on him. I also don’t think it’s useful.
When asked if women were less aggressive, Ms. Truss replied: “I believe both men and women can commit terrible and horrific acts.”
Reporters asked Johnson whether it was wise to trade insults with Putin at a Madrid press conference marking the conclusion of the Nato summit.
The Prime Minister didn’t repeat his previous comments but spoke about the work done by allies at the conference.
He stated that the most important conclusion Vladimir Putin must draw from today’s events and the past few days in Nato and before the G7 was that they are condemning his actions in Ukraine and that they have resolved to do all that we can to assist the Ukrainians in repelling his troops.
“I believe he should reflect on the consequences of his barbaric acts and how his invasion has brought together the West.”
Putin’s visit to Turkmenistan to meet with allies in Central Asia is believed to be his first outside trip since February’s invasion of Ukraine.
Downing Street doesn’t expect Johnson to attend the G20 summit in Bali in November. However, Mr. Johnson cautioned against any boycott by Western leaders.
He said, “I believe if you leave something like the G20, you risk just giving the propaganda opportunity to other people.”