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They were joined by various G7 leaders. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a mockery of Russian President Vladimir Putin before the meeting on Sunday.
Johnson joked as he gathered around the table with US President Joe Biden, Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen and others. This week the leaders meet at the G7 summit in Bavaria.
“Jackets on? Jackets off? Shall we undress?” Johnson said referring to the reportedly high temperature in the room.
Trudeau suggested keeping jackets on long enough to take pictures.
“We have to show that we cooler than Putin‘ Johnson joked.
“We’re going to do a bare-chested riding show,” Trudeau added.
Johnson was angry: “We have to show them our chest muscles,” and von der Leyen chimed in: “Riding is the best thing.”
Biden did not appreciate the jokes.
In public photos Putin has been looking for portray yourself as an experienced athlete and outdoor enthusiast.
The exchange came hours after the Biden administration on Sunday accused Russia of using torture and electric shocks during its invasion of Ukraine. Biden has repeatedly urged Putin to face trial for war crimes.
BUT White House statement on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.
“Any instance of torture is too much, and yet every year countless victims suffer this brutal violation of their human rights and dignity,” Biden wrote. “This year, we have been appalled by the horrific acts committed by Russian forces in Ukraine, including numerous credible reports of torture such as beatings, electric shocks, and mock executions.”
“In Mali and Burkina Faso, terrorist groups have been documented killing and torturing local populations, while in Mali and the Central African Republic, pro-Kremlin Wagner mercenaries have reportedly employed similar brutal and illegal tactics,” he added.
Ukrainian authorities are investigating approximately 16,000 cases of alleged war crimes against Russian troops.