G-20 summit: Lavrov makes a fool of himself with iPhone and Apple Watch

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G-20 Summit in BaliSergei Lavrov makes a fool of himself with iPhone, Apple Watch and American fashion

A Russian spokeswoman on Monday released a video of the Russian foreign minister showing Sergei Lavrov in good health, contrary to media reports. But the event failed.

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iPhone, Apple Watch and T-shirt in tribute to New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. These shots of the Russian foreign minister failed.

via Reuters

Lavrov and Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wanted to use the video to deny reports of the foreign minister's heart problems.

Lavrov and Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wanted to use the video to deny reports of the foreign minister’s heart problems.

via Reuters

Sergey Lavrov arrived in Indonesia on Sunday to attend the G-20 summit.

Sergey Lavrov arrived in Indonesia on Sunday to attend the G-20 summit.

Reuters

It’s about it

  • With the video released on Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov was met with ridicule on the Internet.

  • In it, he can be seen wearing an Apple Watch and using the latest iPhone – although Apple is no longer allowed to sell in Russia.

  • In a video, the foreign minister wanted to deny reports that he had to be treated in hospital for heart problems.

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova released a video of the Russian on Monday Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, which she showed him at work. She wanted to deny reports that Lavrov was in Bali during his visit G-20 summit he had to be treated in the hospital for heart problems. Bali Governor Wayan Koster said Sergey Lavrov was taken to hospital for “examination” and “immediately returned”.

“We are here with Sergey Viktorovich Lavrov in Indonesia, we are reading agency reports and we cannot believe our eyes,” Zakharova said of the report. Lavrov added: “For ten years, it was written about our president that he was sick. It is a game that is not new in politics.’

“That guy will be one of the first to defect”

However, the video, which showed Lavrov in a T-shirt and shorts, backfired and was met with ridicule and anger on the Internet. The reason: the recordings show Lavrov wearing an Apple Watch and the latest iPhone lying on the table in front of him.

Ukrainian political adviser Anton Gerashchenko wrote about the picture on Twitter: “One wonders where Lavrov got the latest iPhone – Apple left Russia in the spring. Where are all the Russian phones that were said to be replacing iPhones?”

But that’s not all: in addition to western gadgets, Lavrov wears a T-shirt with a printed crown and the words “Basquiat”. The famous African-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is from New York, and in addition to relationships with women, he is said to have had sex with men – behavior that, according to Putindoctrine is highly undesirable. On Twitter, a user commented on the Western additions to Putin’s foreign minister: “This guy will be one of the first to defect.”

“They should have developed phones and computers themselves”

Lavrov’s spokeswoman also responded to the discussion on social networks about the minister’s Western technology visible in the video. At first she angrily denied that the minister was wearing a watch from the American company Apple. Then, when a Russian commentator asked whether the minister’s iPhone posed a risk due to possible access by secret services, Zakharova thanked him for the security concern.

“But I also see it as we should have developed our phones and computers ourselves,” said Zakharova. Russian politicians are often criticized for bashing the West while enjoying its technological advances.

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(dpa/fis)

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