Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was interviewed by CNN’s Christiane Amanpour , discussing everything from US-Russia relations to his thoughts on Donald Trump’s recently leaked lewd comments...and how many “p*ssies” there are on both sides of the upcoming election.
When asked about the recent cyberattacks on political groups in the US, Lavrov told Amanpour that “...it's flattering, of course, to get this kind of attention -- for a regional power, as President Obama called us some time ago”. Nevertheless, Lavrov asserts that there has been no evidence to support claims of Russian intermingling in the US election.
Continuing the election conversation, Amanpour brought up the recent scandal involving a 2005 video in which Donald Trump talks of groping and kissing women without their consent and using harsh language. In response, Lavrov said he preferred not to comment, citing “so many p*ssies on both sides of your presidential debate.”
Lavrov on Trump tapes: “so many pussies around your pres. campaign on both sides that I prefer not to comment.” https://t.co/3KtYnHs2PU— Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour) October 12, 2016
Mildly puzzling from the foreign minister, but given Trump’s comments, the possibility of the first female president, and allegations of sexual abuse by Bill Clinton, it’s easy to imagine why Lavrov worded his response how he did.
The quip was too much for Amanpour, who broke out in laughter following the unexpected remarks from the wry Lavrov, who couldn’t help but crack a smile.
Despite the lightness of the exchange, the interview comes at a time of strained relations between the US and Russia that some are calling the worst since the Cold War. Just a few weeks after celebrating a jointly-brokered ceasefire with vodka and pizza, violations of the agreement led to its breakdown - and finger-pointing from both sides.
Allegations that Russia attacked an aid convoy en route to besieged Aleppo and an accidental attack by US and Australian jets on the Syrian army near Deir Ezzor have done little to improve the situation.
The stalemate in Syria, increased NATO activity in Europe, and Russia moving nuclear-capable missiles to its western border has led many to ponder if the soured relations are deteriorating into something potentially dangerous.
Whether Lavrov’s cheeky humor will prevent a showdown between the US and Russia remains to be seen.