‘Lunatic’ Putin has ‘small man syndrome’, Ben Wallace declares


RUSSIAN leader Vladimir Putin has “small man syndrome” and has a “lunatic’s” view of the world, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said.

The Defence Secretary‘s comments came after Boris Johnson said Putin’s brutal invasion of Ukraine was an example of “toxic masculinity” and a female president would not have made the same mistake.

Mr Wallace told LBC Radio: “Well I certainly think President Putin’s view of himself and the world is a small man syndrome, macho view.”

He added how the public “rarely hear the phrase small woman syndrome, you always hear small man syndrome”.

“I think he’s certainly got it in spades,” he said.

“But I think the real challenge here is the Russian system’s view that somehow some states are lesser than others, their rights don’t count.

“If they want to paint themselves into a new history, they seem to think the way to do that is through violence and invasion.

“And I think that’s something to worry about.”

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