British Prime Minister Boris Johnson blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “toxic masculinity” for the war in Ukraine in an interview Tuesday.
“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,” Johnson told German broadcaster ZDF, according to the Washington Post.
“If you want a perfect example of toxic masculinity, it’s what he’s [Putin’s] doing in Ukraine,” Johnson continued.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson: “If Putin were a woman […] I really don’t think he would’ve embarked on a crazy macho war of invasion and violence in the way that he had. If you want a perfect example of toxic masculinity, it’s what he’s doing in Ukraine.” pic.twitter.com/c4zMr8g3A1
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Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov responded to Johnson’s comments Wednesday.
“Old Freud during his lifetime would have dreamed of such an object for research,” Peskov said, according to the outlet.
“I do think women tend to bring more common sense and emotional intelligence and reasoned approach,” she said.
Johnson’s comments came days after the G7 Summit, where the G7 world leaders discussed their intentions to put a price cap on Russian oil in an effort to punish Moscow for the invasion.
President Joe Biden authorized $800 million more in U.S. aid to Ukraine in April.