G7 leaders mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin when they sat down for their official lunch on Sunday
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Boris Johnson and G7 leaders ridiculed Vladimir Putin during extraordinary banter before summit talks today.  

The PM, Canada’s Justin Trudeau and European commission president Ursula von der Leyen all mocked the Russian dictator as they sat down for discussions in Bavaria.

In a reference to Putin’s notorious macho photo ops, they suggested doing some ‘bare chested horseback riding’ to show they were ‘tougher’ than him.  

The undiplomatic chat risks further inflaming tensions amid the standoff over Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.  

G7 leaders mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin when they sat down for their official lunch on Sunday

G7 leaders mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin when they sat down for their official lunch on Sunday

The G7 leaders meet for lunch: Clockwise from left, Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of France, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

The G7 leaders meet for lunch: Clockwise from left, Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, Mario Draghi, Prime Minister of Italy, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister of France, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden and Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

It happened with cameras rolling as they gathered at around a table with US president Joe Biden, Mr Johnson said: ”Jackets on? Jackets off? Shall we take our clothes off?’ 

When Mr Trudeau suggested they waited until after the official picture was taken despite the heat in the room, Mr Johnson quipped: ‘We have to show that we’re tougher than Putin.’

Mr Trudeau added: ‘We’re going to get the bare-chested horseback riding display.’

Mr Johnson can then be heard on footage saying: ‘We’ve got to show them our pecs.’ 

Ms von der Leyen interjected: ‘Horseback riding is the best.’ 

Earlier, Mr Johnson warned that ‘fatigue’ over the Ukraine war could fracture Western unity – as the UK, US, Canada and Japan kicked off the G7 summit by banning imports of Russian gold.

The PM said there was obvious ‘anxiety’ about the fallout from trying to defeat Vladimir Putin’s aggression.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau mocked the 2009 photo of a shirtless Vladimir Putin riding a horse in the mountains of the Siberian Tyva region during his vacation

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau mocked the 2009 photo of a shirtless Vladimir Putin riding a horse in the mountains of the Siberian Tyva region during his vacation

Mr Johnson and Emmanuel Macron held one-on-one talks earlier at the summit

Mr Johnson and Emmanuel Macron held one-on-one talks earlier at the summit 

Mr Johnson and wife Carrie arrive at the G7 summit in Germany today

Mr Johnson and wife Carrie arrive at the G7 summit in Germany today

The Johnsons are greeted by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his wife today

The Johnsons are greeted by German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his wife today

Entente Cordiale? PM and Macron put on awkward show of friendship 

Boris Johnson and Emmanuel Macron staged an awkward cuddly display of bonhomie as they met for talks at the G7 today.

The PM and the French president locked into an uncomfortable-looking embrace before their one-on-one meeting in Bavaria.

The two leaders seemed keen to show the warmth of their relations despite tensions over the strategy for resolving the Ukraine crisis and Brexit. 

However, once the cameras were turned off Mr Johnson warned that trying to settle the standoff with Russia to hastily will ‘only cause enduring instability’.

He said giving ground to Vladimir Putin would give him ‘licence to manipulate both sovereign countries and international markets in perpetuity’. 

Although France has backed Ukraine, Mr Macron has appeared keener to come to terms with Mr Putin than other world leaders.

By contrast Volodymyr Zelensky has hailed Mr Johnson for taking a tough line. 

But speaking this morning, Mr Johnson said he hoped everyone recognised that ‘the price of backing down, the price of allowing Putin to succeed… will be far, far higher’.  

Asked if he was worried about support fracturing, the premier said: ‘I think the pressure is there and the anxiety is there, we’ve got to be honest about that.

‘But the most incredible thing about the way the West has responded to the invasion of Ukraine by Putin has been the unity – Nato has been solid, the G7 has been solid and we continue to be solid.

‘But in order to protect that unity, in order to make it work, we’ve got to have really, really honest discussions about the implications of what’s going on, the pressures that individual friends and partners are feeling, that populations are feeling – whether it’s on the costs of their energy or food or whatever.’

Mr Johnson and Emmanuel Macron staged an awkward cuddly display of bonhomie as they met for talks.

The PM and the French president locked into an uncomfortable-looking embrace before their one-on-one meeting in Bavaria.

The two leaders seemed keen to show the warmth of their relations despite tensions over the strategy for resolving the Ukraine crisis and Brexit. 

However, once the cameras were turned off Mr Johnson warned that trying to settle the standoff with Russia to hastily will ‘only cause enduring instability’.

He said giving ground to Vladimir Putin would give him ‘licence to manipulate both sovereign countries and international markets in perpetuity’. 

Although France has backed Ukraine, Mr Macron has appeared keener to come to terms with Mr Putin than other world leaders.

By contrast Volodymyr Zelensky has hailed Mr Johnson for taking a tough line

Mr Macron has also been one of the hard-liners within the EU over the Northern Ireland protocol and post-Brexit trade issues.

Before the meeting, Mr Johnson was asked whether France and Germany are doing enough over Ukraine.

In his response, Mr Johnson focused on Berlin’s response without mentioning France.

‘Just look at what the Germans alone have done,’ he said.

‘I never believed in my lifetime that I would see a German Chancellor stepping up in the way that Olaf Scholz has and sending weaponry to help the Ukrainians to to protect themselves.

‘He’s made huge, huge strides. We have 4 per cent of our gas comes from Russia, in Germany, it’s 40 per cent.

‘They’re facing real, real pressures, they’re having to source energy from elsewhere. But they’re doing it. They’re making the effort. They’re making the sacrifice.

‘That’s because they see that the price of freedom is worth paying.

‘This is something that it’s worth us standing up for together. And that is the principle that a free, independent sovereign country like Ukraine should not be violently invaded and should not have its boundaries changed by force.

‘And the consequences of what’s happening for the world are tough, but the price of backing down, the price of allowing Putin to succeed , to hack off huge parts of Ukraine, to continue with his programme of conquest, that price will be far, far higher and everybody here understands that.’

Gold exports were worth £12.6billion to Russia in 2021, oligarchs are believed to have been using bullion to avoid the impact of sanctions.

Downing Street says that because London is a major gold-trading hub, the UK’s restrictions will have a huge impact on Mr Putin’s ability to finance his war effort.

Carrie Johnson was among spouses trying out some nordic walking on a tour near the Schloss today

Carrie Johnson was among spouses trying out some nordic walking on a tour near the Schloss today

For their family photo, the G7 leaders took off their ties; from left to right European Council President Charles Michel, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Germany's Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

For their family photo, the G7 leaders took off their ties; from left to right European Council President Charles Michel, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz, US President Joe Biden, Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) led the G7 leaders out of their lunch and toward the site of the family photo

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (right) and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson (left) led the G7 leaders out of their lunch and toward the site of the family photo

The G7 leaders, after their working lunch, walk to the spot they will take their family photo

The G7 leaders, after their working lunch, walk to the spot they will take their family photo

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