G7 leaders mock Vladimir Putin over shirtless horse riding photo

On Sunday, leaders at the G7 summit mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin over his infamous shirtless photo atop a horse.

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

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau replied: “Let’s wait for the photo.

Johnson laughed out loud: “We all have to show we’re tougher than Putin.”

Trudeau joked, “We’re going to have the shirtless riding show.”

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

“Horseback riding is the best,” she joked.

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

World leaders have mocked the infamous shirtless photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G7 summit.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin rides shirtless on a horse.
The photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin on horseback bare-chested dates from 2009.
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The leaders were referring to a photo taken in 2009 that showed Putin on horseback shirtless with a gold chain and sunglasses.

Putin has been photographed shirtless several times. In 2018, he defended going topless to Australian journalists, saying he “don’t need to hide.

“When I’m on vacation, I don’t see the need to hide behind the bushes, and there’s nothing wrong with that,” Putin told an Australian reporter.

Russian President Vladimir Putin rides shirtless on a horse.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been photographed shirtless on several occasions.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he sees no reason to hide while on vacation.
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European Council President Charles Michel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Prime Minister Japanese Fumio Kishida and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen
The leaders also discussed ways to retaliate against Russia for its invasion of Ukraine.
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Discussing more serious issues at the summit, the heads of the United States, England, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, joined by the EU President, discussed ways to further punish Putin and Russia for starting war with Ukraine in February.

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

US President Joe Biden didn’t mock Putin, but condemned him for the latest round of missiles that were fired at Kyiv early on Sunday.

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

With pole wires

Clyde P. Johnson