Russia: Johnson jokes he allowed Lavrov search his pockets upon entering FM

SOT, Boris Johnson, British Foreign Minister (English/Russian): «Boris? Da! As I think Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev said “Trust, but verify”, I can ……in Russian [attempts to say] «Trust, but verify.» SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «I am ready to trust without any verification.» SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «He is afraid now that if he... Еще does not object, his reputation in the media in his homeland will be ruined.» SOT, Boris Johnson, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, (English): «Sergei, it is your reputation I am worried about.» SOT, Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister (Russian): «I can say that in the pockets of his coat, there was nothing.» SOT, Boris Johnson, British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, (English): «So he searched it already?» British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said, «I want you to know the measure of my trust» explaining that as soon as he entered the Russian Foreign Ministry building, he handed all his belongings Lavrov, «everything that was in my pockets — secrets or otherwise,» speaking during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, on Friday. Lavrov joked, «I can say that in the pockets of his coat, there was nothing.» Bosris also called himself a «committed Russofile» stating, «I am the first foreign secretary in the history of my office to be called Boris. Probably it is very likely to be the last for some time.» Lavrov added, «I trust Boris» and pronounced Boris' name with the stress on the last vowel as it is pronounced in Russian. Johnson arrived in Moscow on Thursday, on the first official visit made by a British foreign secretary to Russia in over five years.

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