Russia summoned Britain’s ambassador to Moscow on Thursday to protest Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “offensive” remarks about President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
Russia told envoy Deborah Bronnert that it “strongly” opposed “openly offensive comments by the British authorities towards Russia, its leader, officials and the Russian people,” the statement said.
“In polite society, it is customary to apologize for comments like this,” he added, castigating the “unacceptable insulting rhetoric”.
Johnson said Tuesday that Putin would not have started the war in Ukraine if he was a woman and said the military operation was “a perfect example of toxic masculinity”.
“If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn’t, but if he was, I really don’t think he would have embarked on a mad, macho war of invasion and violence like he did it,” Johnson said. German broadcaster ZDF.
Putin dismissed Johnson’s comments as “incorrect”.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace also angered Russia after accusing the Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman of ‘every week threatening to bomb everybody or do something or another’ .
The Russian Foreign Ministry stressed that it was “unacceptable” that British officials were “deliberately sharing false information, in particular about alleged threats by Russians ‘using nuclear weapons'”.