Russia: 2017's election meddling was 'hard work' — Lavrov jokes

Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «Well, you have not listed everything that we have done this year, Sweden, Denmark, Montenegro, Macedonia, Austria. Broadly speaking, we had to work hard, it was not easy.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «It was a fruitful year, wasn't it?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «Yeah, that's why we had no time to do... Еще other things which are of no less importance such as for instance, the development of cultural ties with Japan.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «Well, I hope we will adjust this next year?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «We are now adjusting it. A great successful cultural festival is underway in Japan, so, do not worry about it.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «So, Sergei Victorovich, to be honest, do you feel relief now?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «Yes, but still we failed to topple the Japanese Emperor.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «It is like he intends to, doesn't he?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «But only in two years. We did our best for it to happen faster. But he begged for two more years.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «Well, we hope.» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «We hope.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «In the seventies you worked for a few years in Sri Lanka. Is that true?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «Yes, for four years.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «Have you kept your [summer] tan since then?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «Yes, I regularly top up my tan.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «Do you travel to Sri Lanka?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «Not only there but to other countries as well where there is the slightest opportunity, for instance to Austria where I went skiing before, I got a tan in Austria, in winter.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «Do you go skiing?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «Yes, I go skiing. But now I have less time. I hope to do it in Sochi.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «Sergei Victorovich, from your perspective, who is the chief moron in the World, in international politics to date. You can use allegorical language or hints, whatever you prefer.» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «You know, I find it difficult, I do not want to name names in order not to offend anyone, by not mentioning them.» *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE* Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «For sure, we are learning from the President [Vladimir Putin].» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «Is he the author?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «He also uses this phrase. And, broadly speaking, I think that all those with whom we communicate are partners. But there are partners who are capable of holding talks and those are desperately incapable of holding talks, there are more and more such partners in the West.» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «Boris Johnson, by the way, Boris [stress on the first syllable] or Boris [Russian pronounciation: stress on the second syllable]?» Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «He calls himself BOris. But recognises that it from Russian roots, so BorIs?» Tigran Keosayan, Russian presenter (Russian): «Does he really have Russian roots?» Sergei La

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