Liz Truss belongs in the kitchen, claims Russian TV analyst

Another favourite Russian state TV clip of Mrs Truss comes from her meeting with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, in Moscow shortly before Russia invaded Ukraine in February.

Mr Lavrov spoke over Ms Truss, patronisingly explaining how to cope with simultaneous translations. He later described negotiating with her as like talking to a “deaf mute”.

Less than 20 per cent of Russia’s MPs are women and there has never been a woman in charge in the Kremlin, the centre of Russia’s power since the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917.

For Francis Scarr, a journalist with BBC monitoring who analyses Russian state TV, the portrayal of Ms Truss is not a surprise. “Every slip-up she makes is amplified, with her often derided her as uneducated or a poor imitation of Margaret Thatcher,” he said.

Russian TV goes after most European leaders and this week called Sanna Marin, the Finnish prime minister, a “drug addict” and described Olaf Scholz, the German chancellor, as a “little Furher” who looked up to Adolf Hitler as a “moustachioed idol”.

Mr Scarr said Ms Truss’s “especially uncompromising stance on the war has seen her subjected to particular abuse”, and this appears to be having an impact on the Russian public.

Konstantin, a lawyer from St Petersburg, said he viewed Ms Truss as a comic figure who would not be able to handle Putin, saying: “We laugh at her. Putin is just in a totally different category.”

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