G7 leaders mock shirtless jumper Putin

SCHLOSS ELMAU, Germany, June 26 (Reuters) – Leaders of the wealthy Group of Seven nations mocked the macho image of their absentee opponent Vladimir Putin on Sunday at a meeting in Germany dominated by the invasion of Germany. Ukraine by the Russian President.

As the suit-clad leaders sat down for their first three-day G7 summit meeting in the sweltering Bavarian Alps, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked if their jackets should come off – or if they should even strip more .

“We all have to show we’re tougher than Putin,” Johnson said, to laughter from some of his colleagues.

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“Bare-chested riding,” retorted Canadian Justin Trudeau.

“Oh yes,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. “Horseback riding is the best.”

Putin, who values ​​his sporty image, has been repeatedly photographed shirtless in photos released by Russian state media, including a series in which he rode a brown horse while wearing wrap-around sunglasses, a leather chain gold and military pants.

G7 leaders discussed efforts to further isolate Russia following its invasion of Ukraine, which killed thousands and drove millions from their homes. Britain, Canada, Japan and the United States have announced measures to ban imports of Russian gold. The G7 also includes France, Italy and Germany.

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Reporting by Thomas Escritt Editing by Matthias Williams and Peter Graff

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