Russian President Vladimir Putin has hit back at British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, reminding him of the decision to launch a military operation against Argentina under former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a visit to Turkmenistan on Thursday, President Vladimir Putin criticized the British prime minister, saying: “I just want to remind you of the recent historical events. Decided to start. The decision was made by a woman at the time.
On Wednesday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that if President Vladimir Putin had been a woman, he would not have started the war in Ukraine.
President Putin has said that what is happening today has not been properly referenced by the British Prime Minister.
The Russian president criticized Britain’s military operation against Argentina before the 40’s. The Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic are under British control, but Argentina also claims ownership of the islands.
Putin asked where the Falklands are located and where Britain is.
Speaking to German broadcaster ZDF, Boris Johnson said Putin’s attack on Ukraine was “the best example of negative masculinity”.
Moscow has criticized Western military intervention in the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq, calling it Western imperialism and hypocrisy.
However, in his two decades in power, Putin himself has been repeatedly accused of imperialism.
He wants to forcibly expand Russia’s borders and has said he wants to restore the Soviet Union.