Putin plays ice cream man for Chi­nese pres­i­dent

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

DE­SPITE warm re­la­tions be­tween Moscow and Bei­jing, Vladimir Putin brought a chilly gift for his Chi­nese coun­ter­part Xi Jin­ping as they met on the side­lines of the G20 sum­mit on Septem­ber 4: a tub of ice cream.

Putin did not di­vulge the flavour of the frozen gift as he was wel­comed by Xi at an of­fi­cial govern­ment guest­house in the eastern Chi­nese city of Hangzhou.

“I promised to bring it for you. And I’ve brought you a whole box of ice cream,” Putin said.

Xi thanked the Rus­sian pres­i­dent for his “kind­ness”, be­fore adding that he’d de­vel­oped a taste for Rus­sian ice cream on his many of­fi­cial vis­its to Moscow.

“Ev­ery time that I come to Rus­sia, I ask them to buy me Rus­sian ice cream. And af­ter, we eat the ice cream at home,” said Xi, ac­cord­ing to com­ments pro­vided by the Rus­sian del­e­ga­tion.

“The fresh cream you have is the best. That’s why your ice cream is par­tic­u­larly de­li­cious. I like it a lot,” he added.

The two lead­ers met on the side­lines of the G20 sum­mit and in more tra­di­tional diplo­matic lan­guage pledged “en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion”, ac­cord­ing to Xi. –

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