Russian President Vladimir Putin has retorted that Western leaders would look “disgusting” shirtless after he was mocked for his own topless photos.
Putin made this comment to reporters during a visit to Turkmenistan early Thursday.
G7 leaders had joked about the Russian president during their recent summit talks in Germany, amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
As they sat down to talk, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson joked that Western leaders might take off their jackets to “show that we’re tougher than Putin.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau added that they could try to emulate photos of Putin “bare-chested” riding a horse.
But the Russian President has struck back, claiming that, unlike him, Western leaders are heavy drinkers and not athletic.
“I don’t know how they wanted to undress, above or below the waist,” he said. “But I think it would be a disgusting sight in any case.
“You have to stop abusing alcohol and other bad habits,” he added, “do physical exercise and play sports.”