Russian president Vladimir Putin started cracking up during an agricultural meeting last week after the Minister of Agriculture suggested exporting pork meat to Indonesia. As Russia’s Minister of Agriculture Alexander Tkachov compared Russia’s exporting figures to Germany last Friday, he came up with a novel way of increasing overseas trade.
Minister Tkachov reportedly said, “They (Germany) send half their pork to export. Look at Germany’s numbers: five and a half million tonnes of pork produced a year, of that almost three million is exported to all countries, to China, to Indonesia, to Japan, Korea, and so on.”
Putin, chuckling, answered “Indonesia is a Muslim country. They do not eat pork there.”
Mr Tkachov, either joking or oblivious, said “They will,” at which point Putin covered his face with hands and starting cracking up, saying “No, they will not.”
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The minister later claimed his comments and said he meant South Korea, not Indonesia.
Putin is no stranger to amusing affairs in the midst of important meetings of political leaders.
During energy discussions with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2007, the Russian president called his black lab, Koni, into the room with Merkel.
Merkel has a fear of dogs, and Putin’s face visibly showed his enjoyment of his own mischief making.
“As the dog approached and sniffed her, Merkel froze, visibly frightened,” The New Yorker reported.
“She’d been bitten once, in 1995, and her fear of dogs couldn’t have escaped Putin, who sat back and enjoyed the moment, legs spread wide.
‘I’m sure it will behave itself,’ he said. Merkel had the presence of mind to reply, in Russian, ‘It doesn’t eat journalists, after all.’”