Russian state TV claims ‘chubby Boris Johnson is jealous of Putin’s good form’

Boris Johnson and Putin

Putin’s allies have rounded the prime minister after a week of spats (Image: AP)

Putin propagandists have taken a stab at Boris Johnson after he poked fun at the Russian leader’s topless photos and “toxic masculinity”.

In one particularly brutal attack, a Kremlin journalist branded the prime minister “chubby,” poked fun at Partygate, and claimed he was “jealous of Putin’s good shape.”

The war of words began earlier this week when the prime minister quipped at the expense of his Russian counterpart, saying at a G7 summit: ‘Shall we undress? We have to show that we are tougher than Putin.”

Canadian Justin Trudeau then cited the infamous photos of the dictator topless riding a horse and said: “We’re going to show shirtless riding,” before Mr Johnson quipped: “We’ve got to show them our pecs.” ‘

The British Prime Minister further angered Putin’s cheerleaders when he claimed the invasion of Ukraine would not have happened if the war criminal had been a woman.

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Mr Johnson said: “If Putin were a woman, which he obviously isn’t, but if he were I really don’t think he would have engaged in a mad macho war of invasion and violence like he did.

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

Putin hit back at the comments today, saying he found it “disgusting” to see G7 leaders mimic his topless performances.

He also compared himself to Margaret Thatcher in the Falklands War to refute Mr Johnson’s theory.

Now his army of propagandists has sprung to his defense – targeting Boris Johnson.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse during his vacation outside the southern Siberian town of Kyzyl August 3, 2009. AFP PHOTO / RIA-NOVOSTI / ALEXEY DRUZHININ / ADDITIONAL CROP VERSION (Photo credit should read: Alexsey Druginyn/AFP via Getty Images )

The war of words began when G7 leaders mocked Putin’s topless photos (Image: AFP)

TOPSHOT - Russian President Vladimir Putin sunbathes during his vacation in the remote Tuva region of southern Siberia. The picture was taken between August 1st and 3rd, 2017. (PHOTO BY ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/AFP) (PHOTO BY ALEXEY NIKOLSKY/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images)

Boris Johnson joked about showing off his own kisses (Image: AFP)

FILE - Then Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin rides a horse while hiking in the mountains of Siberia's Tyva (also known as Tuva) region of Russia, August 3, 2009. Putin has fired back at Western leaders who complain about his sporting made fun of heroic deeds. say they would look???disgusting??? when they tried to mimic his shirtless appearances. Putin made the comments during a visit to Turkmenistan early Thursday, June 30, 2022, when asked if Western leaders had made jokes about him at the G-7 summit. (Alexei Druzhinin/Pool Photo via AP, file)

Putin hit back, saying he would find it “disgusting” if G7 leaders mimicked his bare-chested performances (Image: AP)

Olga Skabeyeva, known as Russia’s “Iron Doll”, said: “President Putin, even far from [Boris] Johnson, haunts the British Prime Minister.

After participants at the G7 summit rejected his offer to strip and show Putin his pecs, Johnson said – and this is no joke – that Russia’s war on Ukraine would not have happened if, as Johnson fantasizes, Putin would have been a woman.

“Supposedly, the Russian president only started the war because he feels macho.

“I think we can assume that chubby Boris with a female body – we’ve seen these strange photos of him – is just jealous of the Russian President, who is in good shape.”

When she made the remarks on state television, a picture was shown of Mr Johnson walking in a pair of bright pink shorts and a woolen hat, under the caption “Boris show us your pecs”. The prime minister’s picture was overlaid next to Putin topless on a horse.

Elaborating further on Partygate, Skabeyeva said: “Boris flaunts his complexes for all to see.

“And Johnson can continue his alcoholic parties.

Olga Skabeyeva wildly scolded the prime minister's appearance

Olga Skabeyeva wildly scolded the prime minister’s appearance

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson jogs in St James's Park in London, Britain February 7, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

She also mocked pictures of Boris Johnson running (Image: Reuters)

‘We know he has one [habit]. At the NATO summit he had a drink and said some stupid things.

‘[Putin’s spokesman] said of Johnson’s words that Freud dreamed of having such a patient.

“Of course it’s impossible not to agree with him.”

Skabeyeva wasn’t the only propagandist struggling to get the British PM’s comments loose.

Lading cheerleader Vladimir Solovyov released a bizarre tirade that read: “Hello to Boris Johnson who said that Vladimir Putin would not have launched a special operation had he been a woman.

“Boris seems to have certain (gender) traits, but it’s hard to call him a man.

“More likely he is a political transgender.

“Amazing that the last man in British politics was a woman.”

Others are delighted at the revival of a crude story Putin told in 2014 when he said: “We have this saying, it’s a bit crude, it’s about a grandma and a grandpa.

“If a grandmother had male genitalia, she would be a grandfather.”

A poster of Johnson as a woman, albeit perhaps not a babushka (grandma), was immediately put up outside the British Embassy in Moscow with the message: “If grandma had balls, she would be grandpa.”

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Poster of the British Embassy in Moscow

A poster mocking Boris Johnson has been put up at the British Embassy in Moscow (Image: east2west news)

Boris Johnson’s taunt marks a shift from the more sinister threats often made on state television to a nuclear bomb against Britain.

The prime minister was unimpressed by the criticism from Moscow today.

He appeared to chuckle when asked about Putin’s taunts that seeing him shirtless was “disgusting”.

He responded to the barbs by instead pointing to the “barbaric” actions Putin had inflicted on Ukraine.

He said of the NATO summit in Madrid: “He should think about the consequences of his barbaric actions, about how his invasion actually brought the West together, Nato, G7, EU, look at how the people came together.

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“If he wanted less nato on his borders by invading Ukraine, which by the way was never remotely likely, that Ukraine would join nato anytime soon, everyone knew that was completely mythical.

“But instead, Sweden and Finland are breaking their historic vows of neutrality because they are so appalled and repelled by his violence and aggression.

“I think that’s an absolutely devastating comment on what he did and his behavior.”

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