|Putin responds to ridicule of G7 leaders at Germany's G7 summit|
At that time, the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) member countries alluded to Putin's bare-chested appearance while riding a horse. Speaking to reporters during a meeting in Tajikistan, Putin responded to this ridicule. In his opinion, these leaders, if they were shirtless, would make a disgusting sight. "I don't know exactly how far they want to be undressed, above or below the waist. But I think, nevertheless, it will be a disgusting sight," Putin said, reports WION. Quoted from The Sun, Putin claims Western leaders have a habit of drinking alcohol and rarely exercising, in contrast to himself.
"One must have a harmoniously developing body and soul." "But to achieve harmony, you have to stop abusing alcohol and other bad habits, and do exercise." "The (Western) colleagues you mentioned, I know all of them personally," Putin explained. The Russian leader is aware of the strained relations with Western allies, but he offers advice on how to achieve success. "But they are all leaders, so they will achieve success if they want to. But they have to work on themselves," he said. Earlier, G7 leaders mocked the Russian President at the luncheon of the G7 summit in Germany.
They joke about whether they should be topless to project a manly image. Putin has become the butt of jokes because of past photos of him shirtless riding and hunting bears. It was British Prime Minister Boris who opened the chat. At the start of the conversation, Johnson said: "Should we take off our clothes? We have to show that we are tougher than Putin." He said so while taking off his jacket. Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, chimed in by suggesting going shirtless on horseback.
"We have to show them our muscles," Johnson added. Putin, 69, is a black belt in martial arts and a fitness fanatic.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the special operation in Ukraine was proceeding as planned and there was no need to meet a deadline for ending it. This he conveyed during his visit to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on Wednesday (29/6/2022). According to Putin, the purpose of the special military operation is to free the Donbass, defend the people living there, and create conditions that will ensure Russia's security. "The work is proceeding calmly and rhythmically. The troops are advancing and reaching the final points assigned to them as tasks at a certain stage of this combat work.
Everything is going according to plan," Putin said, quoted by TASS. He then answered the question of the deadline for completing this operation. "There's no need to talk about deadlines. I never talk about them, because this is life and this is a real thing." "It's not right to tighten it into any deadlines," Putin explained. "This is related to the intensity of combat operations, which is directly related to potential casualties, and we must think above all about protecting the lives of our people," he stressed.