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Boris and G7 leaders mock Vladimir Putin before talks

“We have to show them our pecs!” Boris Johnson joins G7 leaders in mocking Putin’s ‘bare-chested horseback riding’ as they joke they’re ‘tough’ than Russian leader

  • Boris Johnson and G7 leaders mock Vladimir Putin as they sat down for talks
  • They joked about bare-back horseback riding to show they are tougher
  • The Prime Minister joked that they had to ‘show them our pecs’ to make the point

Boris Johnson and G7 leaders ridiculed Vladimir Putin during extraordinary banter ahead of today’s summit talks.

The Prime Minister, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, all mocked the Russian dictator as they sat down for talks in Bavaria.

In a reference to Putin’s infamously macho photos, they suggested “going bare-chested” to show that they were “tough” than him.

The undiplomatic talk threatens to further heighten tensions amid the deadlock over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Prime Minister, Canadian Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen all mocked the Russian dictator as they sat down for discussions in Bavaria

Prime Minister, Canadian Justin Trudeau and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen all mocked the Russian dictator as they sat down for discussions in Bavaria

It happened with cameras rolling as they gathered around a table with US President Joe Biden, Mr Johnson said, ‘Are we taking off our coats?’

When Mr Trudeau suggested waiting until after the official photo was taken, Mr Johnson joked, “We have to show that we are stronger than Putin.”

Mr Trudeau added: ‘We are going to have a bare-chested horse show.’

Mr Johnson can then be heard on the footage saying, ‘We need to show them our pecs.’

Mrs. von der Leyen interrupted: ‘Riding is the best.’

Earlier, Mr Johnson warned that ‘fatigue’ over the war in Ukraine could break western unity – as the UK, US, Canada and Japan kicked off the G7 summit by banning Russian gold imports.

The prime minister said there was clear “concern” about the fallout from trying to defeat Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

Johnson and Emmanuel Macron have previously held one-on-one talks at the summit

Johnson and Emmanuel Macron have previously held one-on-one talks at the summit

Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie arrive at the G7 summit in Germany today

Mr Johnson and his wife Carrie arrive at the G7 summit in Germany today

The Johnsons are greeted today by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his wife

The Johnsons are greeted today by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his wife

But this morning, Mr Johnson said he hoped everyone would see that “the price of pulling out, the price of making Putin succeed…will be much, much higher.”

Asked if he was concerned about the support breaking, the prime minister said: “I think the pressure is there and the fear is there, we have to be honest about that.

“But the most incredible thing about the way the West has responded to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is its unity: NATO has been solid, the G7 has been solid and we remain solid.

“But to protect that unity, to make it work, we need to have really, really honest discussions about the implications of what’s going on, the pressure that individual friends and partners feel, that populations feel — whether it’s for the cost of their energy or food or whatever.’

Gold exports to Russia were worth £12.6 billion in 2021, and oligarchs are believed to have used precious metal to avoid the fallout from sanctions.

Downing Street says that because London is a major gold trading center, the UK’s restrictions will have a huge impact on Putin’s ability to fund his war effort.

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