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Boris Johnson and Putin clash over “toxic masculinity” and Falklands' war

Thursday, June 30th 2022 - 09:50 UTC
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“If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn't, but if he were, I really don't think he would've embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence” (Pic SkyNews) “If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn't, but if he were, I really don't think he would've embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence” (Pic SkyNews)
Putin, speaking in the Turkmenistan capital of Ashgabat, dismissed Johnson's comments as “incorrect”. Putin, speaking in the Turkmenistan capital of Ashgabat, dismissed Johnson's comments as “incorrect”.

Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have started the military offensive in Ukraine if he was a woman, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said during the G 7 leaders summit in Germany.

 The statement about gender and triggered an immediate reaction from Putin who reminded Johnson of ex-British PM Margaret Thatcher's military operation in the South Atlantic following the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands. 

“If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn't, but if he were, I really don't think he would've embarked on a crazy, macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he has,” Johnson told German broadcaster ZDF on Tuesday evening.

Putin's offensive on Ukraine is “a perfect example of toxic masculinity”, he said, calling for better education for girls around the world and for “more women in positions of power”.

Putin, speaking in the Turkmenistan capital of Ashgabat, dismissed Johnson's comments as “incorrect”.

”I'd like to point to events in modern history when (former British prime minister) Margaret Thatcher decided to launch an offensive against Argentina for control of the Falkland Islands“ in 1982, he said.

”There, is the example of a woman who decided on a war,“ which ended in British victory the same year, the Russian leader said.

The UK leader also joked that his allies should take their clothes off for the photoshoot - to show that they are ”tougher than Putin,“ in reference to the Russian leader's pictures of him on horseback and hunring bears, and in a diver's capsule.

”I don't know how they wanted to undress, waist-high or not, but I think it would be a disgusting sight either way,“ the Russian president quipped. ”Everything should be harmoniously developed in a person, both the body and the soul. However, in order for everything to be harmonious, one has to abandon excessive drinking and break other bad habits, start exercising, take up a sport.“

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov also responded to Johnson's comments by telling state news agency RIA Novosti that ”good old (psychoanalyst Sigmund) Freud would have loved having in his lifetime such a subject for his research“.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova, meanwhile, accused Johnson of harbouring ”sweaty fantasies“.

”What have the 7 been doing together?“ she wrote on messaging app Telegram, referring to a recent gathering of the Group of Seven leaders in Germany.

During the ZDF interview, the British prime minister also acknowledged that ”of course people want the war to end“, but for the moment ”there's no deal available. Putin isn't making an offer of peace”.

Western allies must support Ukraine to enable it to be in the best possible strategic position in the event that peace negotiations with Moscow do become possible, he added.

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  • Steve Potts

    ”There, is the example of a woman who decided on a war,“ which ended in British victory the same year, the Russian leader said.

    And I thought Argentina carried out an illegal and unwarranted invasion?

    Jun 30th, 2022 - 09:46 am 0
  • Swede

    Well. Several women have been wartime leaders of their countries and good ones too. Maggie of course. But she did not START a war, she was not the aggressor. Galtieri was the one. So in that case Galtieri was “Putin” and Thatcher was “Zelenskyy”. The “bad guy” and the “good guy” so to speak. Golda Meir and Indira Gandhi are other examples of female war time leaders.

    Jun 30th, 2022 - 08:23 pm 0
  • Judge Jose

    Putin is an evil despotic dictator, who has destroyed democracy in his own country, he has either killed or jailed anyone who opposes him, has said that the fall of the Soviet Union was the worst that could happen, and he wants to recreate the Russian sphere of influence and does not recognise Ukraine as a country, no European country ever wants to be under the thumb of Russia ever again, and yet some clowns who post on this web site think its not Russia/Putins fault that his special operation has been going on for months,

    Jun 30th, 2022 - 11:25 pm 0
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