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G7 leaders mock shirtless Putin throughout summit lunch


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Numerous G7 leaders joined U.Ok. Prime Minister Boris Johnson in mocking Russian President Vladimir Putin forward of a gathering on Sunday.

Johnson made the quip whereas gathered round a desk with U.S. President Joe Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen, and others. The leaders are assembly for the G7 summit in Bavaria all through this week.

“Jackets on? Jackets off? We could take our garments off?” Johnson mentioned, referencing the reportedly intense temperature of the room.

Trudeau urged they hold the jackets on lengthy sufficient to take photos.

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U.S. President Joe Biden, center, attends a working lunch with other G7 leaders to discuss shaping the global economy. Clockwise from left, Fumio Kishida (covered), Prime Minister of Japan, Ursula von der Leyen (covered), President of the European Commission, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of France, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom sit at the first working session in Castle Elmau, in Elmau, Germany, Sunday, June 26, 2022. The Group of Seven leading economic powers are meeting in Germany for their annual gathering Sunday through Tuesday. (Kenny Holston/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

U.S. President Joe Biden, heart, attends a working lunch with different G7 leaders to debate shaping the worldwide financial system. Clockwise from left, Fumio Kishida (coated), Prime Minister of Japan, Ursula von der Leyen (coated), President of the European Fee, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of France, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the UK sit on the first working session in Citadel Elmau, in Elmau, Germany, Sunday, June 26, 2022. The Group of Seven main financial powers are assembly in Germany for his or her annual gathering Sunday by way of Tuesday. (Kenny Holston/The New York Instances by way of AP, Pool)

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“We’ve to point out that we’re harder than Putin,” Johnson quipped.

“We will get the bare-chested horseback driving show,” Trudeau added.

Johnson ribbed, “We have got to point out them our pecs,” whereas Von der Leyen interjected, “Horseback driving is the very best.”

Biden didn’t weigh in on the jokes.

Russian President Vladimir Putin rides a horse during his vacation outside the town of Kyzyl in Southern Siberia on August 3, 2009

Russian President Vladimir Putin rides a horse throughout his trip exterior the city of Kyzyl in Southern Siberia on August 3, 2009
(ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP by way of Getty Photos)

In public photographs, Putin has lengthy sought to painting himself as a talented athlete and outdoorsman.

The alternate got here hours after the Biden administration accused Russia of utilizing torture and electrocution in its invasion of Ukraine on Sunday. Biden has repeatedly referred to as for Putin to face a conflict crimes trial.

A White Home assertion marked the Worldwide Day in Assist of Victims of Torture. 

“Any occasion of torture is one too many, and but yearly numerous victims undergo this brutal violation of their human rights and dignity,” Biden wrote. “This yr we’ve been shocked by the horrific acts dedicated by Russian forces in Ukraine, together with a number of, credible experiences of torture corresponding to beatings, electrical shocks, and mock executions.”

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“In Mali and Burkina Faso, terrorist teams have been documented to have massacred and tortured native populations, whereas in Mali and Central African Republic, Kremlin-aligned Wagner mercenaries have reportedly employed comparable merciless and illegal ways,” he added.

Ukrainian authorities are prosecuting roughly 16,000 instances of alleged conflict crimes by Russian forces.

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