Vladimir Putin criticized Western world leaders on Thursday after G7 summit participants mocked the Russian president’s frequent, shirtless appearance in front of the cameras.
“I don’t know how they wanted to undress, above or below their waist,” Putin told reporters. “But I would find it a disgusting sight anyway. It is necessary to stop abusing alcohol and other bad habits, to exercise and play sports.”
At their recent international meeting, which Russia was not part of, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joked about how they might take a page from Mr Putin’s book and beat the heat in the room. by their clothes.
“Jackets on? Jackets off? Shall we take off our clothes?” said Mr. Johnson. “We have to show that we are stronger than Putin.”
Mr. Trudeau replied, “We’re going to have a bare-chested horse show.”
The Kremlin has previously released photos of the Russian leader riding a horse without a shirt.
“We’ve got to show them our pecs,” Mr. Johnson said.