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Boris Johnson’s comments on ‘female Putin’ draw response from Moscow — Analysis

The Kremlin has mocked the UK PM’s suggestion that Putin wouldn’t have attacked Ukraine if he were a woman

The Kremlin responded to Boris Johnson’s claim that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have launched the military operation against Ukraine if he were a woman, suggesting the British PM would have been of great interest to psychoanalysts.

“Old Freud would have dreamed of such a research subject during his lifetime,”Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for the Kremlin, told journalists Wednesday.

The Kremlin’s response comes after Boris Johnson said in an interview with German media on Tuesday that Putin’s offensive in Ukraine was a prime example of “toxic masculinity.”

“If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn’t, if he were, I really don’t think he would have embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has,”Johnson stated, ZDF.

“If you want a perfect example of toxic masculinity, it’s what he’s doing in Ukraine,”He insisted and said that more women should hold positions of power.

After the three-day G7 Summit held in Krun in Germany, the members tried to unite against Russia and to agree upon a series of sanctions for Moscow for the ongoing war in Ukraine.

Ahead of the summit on Sunday, Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau jokingly argued over whether they should take off their shirts and show off their ‘pecs’, so as to appear “tougher than Putin,”The British PM recommended that Western leaders remove their clothing.

It was a reference to several photos in which Vladimir Putin looks shirtless while on horseback, swimming, or fishing in Siberian Mountains. In an interview with NBC’s Megyn Kelly in 2018, the Russian leader explained that there was never any intention to distribute the photos, which became widely shared on the internet simply due to journalists and people “taking the photos they like.” He added that “nobody is interested” in photos of him sitting in his office looking at papers.

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