Vladimir Putin tells Western leaders to stop ‘abusing alcohol’, says they’d look ‘disgusting’ shirtless


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Russian President Vladimir Putin hit back at Western leaders who mocked his bravado on Thursday, saying his counterparts would look “disgusting” shirtless.

Putin made the comment days after Western leaders gathered at the G7 summit to denounce Putin’s penchant for broadcasting his bare chest to the world on Sunday.

“I don’t know how they wanted to undress, above or below the waist,” Putin told reporters. “But I think it would be a disgusting sight either way.”

“You have to stop abusing alcohol and other bad habits, do physical exercise and play sports,” he added.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson kicked off as he sat around a table with President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and others.

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“Jackets? Jackets removed? Shall we undress? Johnson joked, referring to the room’s seemingly intense temperature.

US President Joe Biden, center, attends a working lunch with other G7 leaders to discuss developments in the global economy. Clockwise from left, Fumio Kishida (covered), Prime Minister of Japan, Ursula von der Leyen (covered), President of the European Commission, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Mario Draghi , Prime Minister of Italy, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of France, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom sit in the first working session at Elmau Castle in Elmau, Germany on Sunday, June 26, 2022. The major economic powers of the Group of Seven gather in Germany for their annual gathering from Sunday to Tuesday. (Kenny Holston/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

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Trudeau suggested keeping the jackets on long enough to take pictures.

“We have to show that we are tougher than Putin“, joked Johnson.

“We’re going to have the shirtless riding show,” Trudeau added.

Johnson said: “We have to show them our pecs”, while Von der Leyen added: “Riding is the best.”

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Biden did not weigh in on the jokes.

In Putin’s public photos, the Russian leader tried to portray himself as a skilled athlete and outdoor enthusiast.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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