G7 leaders mock Vladimir Putin over shirtless horse-riding pic

G7 Summit leaders mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday over his infamous bare-chested pic atop a horse.

“Jackets on – jackets off …” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked other world leaders as he sat down at a roundtable at the summit in Germany, according to video.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau replied, “Let’s wait for the picture.”

Johnson shot back to laughter, “We all have to show we’re tougher than Putin.”

Trudeau quipped, “We’re going to get the bare-chested horseback-riding display.”

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, “Oh, yes!

“Horseback riding is the best,” she said jokingly.

Johnson added cheekily, “We got to show them our pecs.”

U.S. President Joe Biden attends a working lunch with other G7 leaders to discuss shaping the global economy at the Yoga Pavilion, Schloss Elmau in Kuren, Germany, June 26, 2022.
World leaders mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin’s infamous shirtless photos at the G 7 Summit.
Russian President Vladimir Putin rides shirtless on a horse.
The photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin riding a horse shirtless is from 2009.
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The leaders were referencing a photo taken in 2009 that showed Putin riding a horse shirtless with a gold chain and sunglasses.

Putin has been photographed multiple times without a shirt on. In 2018, he defended the topless choice to Australian journalists, saying he “has no need to hide.

“When I am on vacation, I see no need to hide behind the bushes, and there is nothing wrong with that,” Putin told an Australian journalist.

Russian President Vladimir Putin rides shirtless on a horse.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been photographed shirtless many times.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he sees no reason to hide when he’s on vacation.
European Council President Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, U.S. President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
The leaders also discussed ways to retaliate against Russia for their invasion of Ukraine.

Discussing more serious matters at the summit, the heads of the United States, England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, joined by the EU president, discussed ways they could further punish Putin and Russia for sparking war with Ukraine in February.

Banning gold imports from Russia was a move the leaders proposed.

US President Joe Biden did not poke any fun at Putin but did condemn him for the latest round of missiles that were fired at Kyiv early Sunday.

“It’s more of their barbarism,” he said.

With Post Wires

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