After suggesting that they take off their clothes, the prime minister said to his fellow G7 leaders: “We have to show them our pecs.”
Boris Johnson joked that “We all need to show that we are tougher than Putin.”
Canadian leader Justin Trudeau said: “We have to get the bare-chested horsesback riding.”
They might have mocked the Russian leader, who is well-known for his tendency to appear bare-chested in publicity stunts.
Vladimir Putin had already sent his message to the G7 and sent 14 cruise missiles to strike residential buildings in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine.
When asked about the attacks, Joe Biden, US President, stated that “more and more barbarism” was his response.
G7 leaders are aware that they must show unity in the face of barbarism as the war drags into its fifth month.
“The message is that we are standing together,” Olaf Scholz, the German Chancellor, said to Biden during their meeting.
And both Emmanuel Macron and Mr Johnson were quick to point out that they can get along despite their differences.
Two months ago, the war seemed to be in Ukraine’s favor. It could have ended by the end the year.
Russia now has the upper hand, and is poised to take the entire Donbas.
It appears that the war will continue for a long time.
This means that the West must be ready for any prolonged conflict and maintain its unity.
It faces political weakness and divisions as it attempts to do this.
Johnson and Biden are not popular and Macron has lost control over the French parliament. This means that Macron will be distracted from domestic battles.
While they have put aside the hatchet for now, there are clear differences about whether to negotiate with Putin or press the Ukrainians into a ceasefire.
The greater chance of divisions opening up, the longer the war continues. The more severe the consequences of war, the higher.
It drives up fuel and food prices, increasing inflation and increasing the likelihood of recession.
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The German hosts at the summit are said to be trying to soften proposals to stop foreign fossil fuel projects being funded, in an attempt to wean themselves from Russian energy.
As the war drags on, the more pressure will be on these leaders to unite and resist Putin’s aggression.