13 January, 15:39

Lavrov presents Psaki with Russian 'ushanka' after Kerry gave him two potatoes

Russia presented spokesperson for the US Department of State Jen Psaki with a typical Russian fur hat "ushanka" after US Secretary of State John Kerry gave Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov two potatoes during Syria talks. Psaki tried the gift on and was photographed with Lavrov and Kerry.

Russia responded with ushanka hat gifted to Jen Psaki, spokesperson for the US Department of State, "to stay warm&fancy during US winter storm", the official twitter-account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia says.

Maria Zakharova, deputy director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's information and press department, said on Facebook that the hat given to Psaki was "a response by the Russian delegation to the potato presented by the Americans."

"Everyone is happy," Zakharova said.

US Secretary of State and Russian Foreign Minister met on January 13 in Paris in an effort to forward the talks that may promise an end to the ongoing civil war in Syria.

During talks John Kerry produced two potatoes from a big white box and presented them to Sergei Lavrov amid an outburst of laughter. Reports say the potatoes looked like two big buns.

Photo: twitter.com/mfa_russia

Kerry presents Lavrov with two potatoes during Syria talks

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have met in Paris in an effort to forward the talks that may promise an end to the ongoing civil war in Syria. The meeting is taking place at the US ambassador’s residence in the French capital.

According to journalists’ reports, they were first invited to the protocol ceremony, where the two foreign policy vets shook hands and smiled radiantly at each other, before the US dignitary politely asked them out.

The flow of the behind-the-closed-doors ceremonial was suddenly changed when reporters were invited back in to film the beginning of talks. John Kerry informed the puzzled media this discussion of the Syrian peace process had been conceived several weeks before.

The US foreign chief then produced two potatoes from a big white box and presented them to the Russian minister amid an outburst of laughter. Reports say the potatoes looked like two big buns.

Photo: AFP

The meeting has continued in the absence of journalists, with UN/Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi expected to join the US and Russian state officials later on.

Voice of Russia, TASS, Interfax

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