“And Putin Had he been a woman, which he obviously wasn’t, I don’t think he would have thrown himself into this crazy luxury war of invasion and violence the way he did.”, Johnson announced to the German television network ZDF on the night of the 28th Tuesday.
Through these statements, the British Prime Minister advocated the need for more women in positions of power. He added that the beginning of this wartime conflict was “a classic example of male toxicity.”
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told LBC radio that, along with Johnson, “President Putin’s view of himself and the world is a little man syndrome, a grandiose view”.
The answer is Moscow It didn’t take long to come up with a tip Boris Johnson. “Old (Sigmund) Freud dreamed of studying such a patient in life!”Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the official RIA Novosti agency.
During the press conference, Putin He suggested that his colleagues should stop drinking and play more sports, and said that Margaret Thatcher “decided to start hostilities” in the Falklands/Malvinas War.
But a much stronger reaction came on Thursday 30th, when the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Deborah Bronnert, the UK’s ambassador to Russia, to convey her strong opposition to the “brutal” statements made “about Russia” by Johnson and other officials. Official representatives of its leader and officials, as well as the Russian people.
Johnson and Wallace’s words were particularly provocative after their anti-Putin jibes at the recent G7 summit in Germany. On Sunday the 26th, the British Prime Minister himself sarcastically asked other leaders if they should take off their coats to show Putin that “we’re tougher than him.”
To everyone’s laughter, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded, “The way to do it is to ride bare-chested,” referring to the famous 2009 photos of Putin bare-chested.
It’s no secret Russian invasion A Ukraine The West has lashed out at Moscow with tough questions and measures that include accusations and strong economic sanctions.
This week, the 30 leaders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) reflected on a new strategic vision, a document that will define the alliance’s role over the next decade.Russia This is a very important and direct threat to their security.”
Hence the sarcasm Johnson About the image of the strong man Putin There is no greater use than to heighten the tension.
“It adds to the tension because it’s a joke, an unnecessary farce in a tense period. The I take it It already has a strained relationship with Russia, as the alliance sells and donates weapons to Ukraine in the war. approach Johnson stupid”El Comercio Italian international analyst Francesco Tucci says.
Emphasize what you said Johnson About Putin It does not contribute anything at international level or negotiations. “It will not contribute anything to the crisis, we are simply increasing the tension because Russia is very upset”He adds.
For Brenda Estefan, a Mexican researcher and expert on international politics, this is no surprise. Russia His dissent confirms that such comments offended not only the Russian head of state, but also the Russian people.
Despite an apology from Moscow United Kingdom Instead, what the Kremlin did was reinforce those views through the British defense minister.
However, the expert does not believe that the incident increases the tension to a greater degree than already experienced. “There is serious tension between the West and Russia. Moscow is seen as a serious adversary and is even classified in the new NATO strategic objective.”, he adds.
Egos and power games
Experts agree that the likes of Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi or German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have had more open positions with Moscow. Boris Johnson Even before the start of the war there was a strong stand against him Russia.
Estefan recalled that the United Kingdom always said an invasion was going to happen UkraineParis or Rome was doubted until the last minute, and that too Johnson He was unwavering in his stance towards Moscow.
“Undoubtedly, the personal note didn’t sit well with Putin, and Johnson knew that mocking that nature would go down well in Moscow, but he was prepared to do so. Remember Johnson was the first international leader to visit Kiev before any other Western leader. He made his first surprise visit to the President of Ukraine. He is ready to stand firm”, he points out.
He pointed out that at the G7 summit, Downing Street, Johnson told French President Emmanuel Macron that no mistake should be made, that now is not the time to negotiate with Russia, and that negotiations would only harm global stability. “Johnson is maintaining a very difficult position, he has decided to go on a personal platform, there is an ego problem of the leaders of Russia and the United Kingdom.”, he notes.
Ducci speaks in a similar vein and emphasizes the relationship between Johnson Y Putin It has been negative in recent times. “Johnson has been one of the most hard-line anti-Putin figures and has quickly aligned himself with the US, unlike Germany, which has wavered and taken a softer stance, particularly at the start of the conflict in Ukraine. There are many power games between NATO countries. Johnson lined up from the start“, he says.
On the other hand, remember that resorting to personal and qualified references is a practice that has been seen before, most notably when former US President Donald Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a little rocket man.
“There are leaders or prime ministers who go for personal merits, which is highly questionable because it does not favor dialogue. You cannot reach that level in diplomacy because sooner or later you have to negotiate. I think Johnson’s statements are silly and contribute nothing. It is not for nothing that he is called the Donald Trump of the United Kingdom, referring to the statements he makes”, he points out.
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