Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova advised British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to change his gender to be able to take over the post of NATO Secretary-General, according to "undisclosed conditions".
Commenting on Johnson's desire to lead the alliance in conjunction with the news that he did not have an opportunity because "according to unspoken rules, a woman should take this position," Zakharova wrote on "Telegram", joking: "Nothing prevents Boris Johnson from discovering a woman in himself, he's modern and bold in his style."
She added: "Changing the gender is currently allowed in NATO countries and he can choose the gender that suits him."
The media had reported earlier that Johnson may seek to fill the position of Secretary-General of NATO. A source in the alliance told the Russian "TASS" news agency that "there is an undeclared consensus in the alliance that a woman should become the Secretary-General of NATO, and it is preferable that she be a representative of the new countries in the alliance."