Boris Johnson says Putin would not have started 'crazy, macho' war in Ukraine if he were a woman

The Prime Minister described the Russian President's actions as 'the perfect example of toxic masculinity'

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Boris Johnson has said Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have started the “crazy, macho” war in Ukraine if he were a woman.

The Prime Minister also said that while G7 leaders “desperately” want the war in Ukraine to end, there is “no deal available”.

Boris Johnson with President Biden at the G7 leaders summit at Bavaria's Schloss Elmau, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Boris Johnson with President Biden at the G7 leaders summit at Bavaria's Schloss Elmau, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Speaking after the G7 summit in Bavaria, Mr Johnson told German broadcaster ZDF: “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.

“If you want a perfect example of toxic masculinity, it’s what he’s doing in Ukraine”.

He made the comments arguing that “you need more women in positions of power”.

Boris Johnson described Putin as 'the perfect example of toxic masculinity'
Boris Johnson described Putin as 'the perfect example of toxic masculinity'

Mr Johnson also said the G7 meeting had been “incredible” as leaders “got closer and closer”.

“The logic is yes of course people all want the war to end, they want the war to end desperately, but there’s no deal available.

“Putin isn’t making an offer of a deal, (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelenskyy can’t make an offer of a deal”.

The Prime Minister said the West must support Kyiv in its military strategy to help change the dynamic of the conflict, and to get Mr Zelenskyy “in the best possible position to talk if and when talks eventually come”.

“We really do want to give the Ukrainians strategic endurance,” he said.