Boris Johnson has claimed Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine if he had been a woman and believes the war is a “perfect example of toxic masculinity”.
In an interview with German media following the G7 summit at Schloss Elmau, the prime minister cited the Russian president’s gender as a contributing factor to the conflict.
Johnson told ZDF television: “If Putin was a woman, which he obviously isn’t, if he was, I really don’t think he would have gone into a crazy war and macho of invasion and violence as he did.
“If you want a perfect example of toxic masculinity, that’s what he does in Ukraine.”
It comes after Western leaders ended the three-day G7 summit in southern Germany by promising to increase the economic and political costs for Putin and his regime from Russia’s war in Ukraine.
Johnson has since traveled to Madrid for a NATO summit with Foreign Secretary Liz Truss.
The British military presence in Estonia will be strengthened as NATO dramatically increases its ability to respond to Russia. Leaders of the 30-member alliance will agree to cooperate more closely and significantly increase the number of troops held at high readiness.
The UK already has a significant military presence in Estonia and the Prime Minister will use the meeting to expand his headquarters in the Baltic nation.
Officials said this would allow the UK to provide rapid reinforcements if needed and deploy artillery, air defense and helicopters.
The alliance plans to have 300,000 high-readiness troops – up from 40,000 currently – and the UK will commit land, air and sea capabilities to the “new force model”.