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Putin: Western leaders would look ‘disgusting’ topless

The Russian president hit back after western leaders joked about him at the G7 summit.

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(Alexei Druzhinin/AP)

(Alexei Druzhinin/AP)

(Alexei Druzhinin/AP)

Vladimir Putin has hit back at western leaders who mocked his athletic exploits, saying they would look “disgusting” if they tried to emulate his bare-torso appearances.

The Russian president made the comment during a visit to Turkmenistan when asked about western leaders joking about him at the G7 summit.

It's necessary to stop abusing alcohol and other bad habits, do physical exercise and take part in sportsVladimir Putin

As they sat down for talks, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson jested that G7 leaders could take their clothes off to “show that we’re tougher than Putin” amid tensions over Moscow’s military action in Ukraine.

Canadian premier Justin Trudeau joked that western leaders could try to match Mr Putin’s naked torso pictures with a “bare-chested horseback riding display,” one of the Russian leader’s widely publicised athletic adventures.

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Boris Johnson with Justin Trudeau (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Boris Johnson with Justin Trudeau (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

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Boris Johnson with Justin Trudeau (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

Speaking to reporters, Mr Putin retorted that, unlike him, western leaders abuse alcohol and do not do sports.

“I don’t know how they wanted to get undressed, above or below the waist,” he said. “But I think it would be a disgusting sight in any case.”

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He noted that to look good “it’s necessary to stop abusing alcohol and other bad habits, do physical exercise and take part in sports”.


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