Putin Says G7 Leaders, Unlike Him, ‘Would Look Disgusting Topless’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Western leaders who mocked him for being photographed topless, would look “disgusting” if they tried to copy his bare-torso bravado.

Earlier this week, UK prime minister Boris Johnson said that G7 leaders could take off their clothes to “show that we’re tougher than Putin”. He told the other clowns that we need to “show our pecs”.

“I don’t know how they wanted to get undressed, above or below the waist,” Putin taunted, adding that he thought it “would be a disgusting sight in any case.”

Breitbart reports: As they sat down for talks, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson jested G7 leaders could go topless to flex their muscles amid Russia-West tensions over Moscow’s military action in Ukraine, as Breitbart News reported.

Canada’s leader Justin Trudeau suggested they wait for the official picture before disrobing but then Johnson quipped “We have to show that we’re tougher than Putin” and the japes kept rolling.

“We’re going to get the bare-chested horseback riding display,” Trudeau said, referring to Putin’s infamous 2009 photo-op of himself riding shirtless on a horse and fishing bare-chested.

File/Putin fishes in the remote Tuva region in southern Siberia. The picture taken between August 1 and 3, 2017. (ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

“Horseback riding is the best,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, without apparently weighing in on the clothing issue itself.

Johnson interjected: “We’ve got to show them our pecs.”

Speaking to reporters, the AP report outlines Putin retorted that, unlike him, Western leaders abuse alcohol and don’t do sports so their bodies are not as trimly taut as his.

“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.”

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.”

Putin has always seen himself as a man of action as opposed to the indolent westerners he professes to despise.