Sergey Lavrov performed at a festival in Crimea. Told about Indians on reservations and bears with balalaikas As short as possible

We are perceived as a country of balalaika, vodka, bears. Thank God we have such symbols. We did not invent them, it comes from life. Balalaika and vodka are a sign of fun and kindness, and bears are a sign of respect for nature. Our western partners play along with the cave instincts of the Ukrainian authorities, I just feel sorry for them. If the CIA believes that Kabul will fall in a few months, then we rely on the CIA’s estimates. Crimea is the territory of Russia and is part of the Union State together with our Belarusian friends . In every joke there is a grain of a joke, but  you cannot plant for jokes . I cannot comment in the dark, show this joke. My favorite dish is borscht. In summer I love Altai. In the United States, Indians live on reservations, and bears in Russia walk across the country.

This is a rough retelling of Sergei Lavrov’s speech at the Tavrida art cluster in Crimea, based on media reports ( one , two , three , four , five , six , seven ). First-person phrases are not necessarily accurate quotes.

(c)MEDUZA 2021


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