British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Tuesday, blamed toxic masculinity as the driving force for the invasion of Ukraine and said that if Vladimir Putin were a woman, he wouldn't have started the war.
"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 AFP. "If you want a perfect example of toxic masculinity, it’s what he is doing in Ukraine," he added.
"Of course people want the war to end," but "there's no deal available. Putin isn't making an offer of peace," Johnson added. Johnson also called for more women in positions of power.
Johnson's comments come as western leaders gathered at the G7 summit in Schloss Elmau, Germany. The western allies continue to put increased pressure on Putin over his invasion of Ukraine.
At the NATO summit in Madrid, Johnson is expected is set to call on fellow members to ramp up defence spending.
The UK's defence spending is projected to reach 2.3 per cent of GDP this year as a result of defence industry investment and £1bn ($1.2 bn) in military support for Ukraine, the government said.
The funding will go towards boosting Ukraine's defence capabilities, including air defence systems, uncrewed aerial vehicles, new electronic warfare equipment and thousands of pieces of equipment for Ukrainian soldiers, a Reuters report reads.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti that "good old (psychoanalyst Sigmund) Freud would have loved having in his lifetime such a subject for his research".