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World leaders mock macho man Putin with bare-chested insults

Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations have mocked the macho image of their absent adversary Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Germany dominated by the Russian President’s invasion of Ukraine.

Jun 27, 2022, updated Jun 27, 2022
World leaders have made fun of Russian President Vladimir Putin, mocking his penchant for bare-chested horse riding. (AAP photo).

World leaders have made fun of Russian President Vladimir Putin, mocking his penchant for bare-chested horse riding. (AAP photo).

As the besuited leaders sat down for their first meeting of the three-day G7 summit in the sweltering Bavarian Alps on Sunday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked if their jackets should come off – or if they should even disrobe further.

“We all have to show that we’re tougher than Putin,” Johnson said, to laughter from some of his colleagues.

“Bare-chested horseback riding,” shot back Canada’s Justin Trudeau.

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“Oh yes,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “Horseback riding is the best.”

Putin, who prizes his sporty image, has been pictured shirtless several times in photos released by Russian state media, including one set in which he rode a brown horse while wearing wrap-around sunglasses, a gold chain and army trousers.

The G7 leaders discussed efforts to further isolate Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, which has killed thousands of people and driven millions from their homes.

Britain, Canada, Japan and the United States announced moves to ban imports of Russian gold. The G7 also includes France, Italy and Germany.

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