Russian President Vladimir Putin broke out in laughter during an agricultural meeting last week after the Minister of Agriculture suggested exporting pork meat to Indonesia, which is a Muslim majority country.
- Alexander Tkachov, Minister for Agriculture, suggested selling pork to Indonesia
- Russian President Putin starts to laugh after pointing our his mistake, saying ‘They won’t eat it’
- Tkachov jokes ‘They will’, before clarifying his comments stating he meant to say South Korea
During the meeting, which was held on Friday last week, Alexander Tkachov compared Russia’s exporting figures to Germany and made the suggestion as a way to increase overseas trade.
The video shows Mr Tkachov saying: ‘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 responds: ‘Indonesia is a Muslim country. They do not eat pork there,’ while chuckling.
Tkachov jokes: ‘They will,’ before the president says: ‘No, they will not,’ and starts laughing hysterically while covering his face with his hands.
The minister later clarified his comments and said he meant South Korea, not Indonesia.
Last month, Russian media RT stated the country’s agricultural sector was ‘booming’ after China and Venezuela planned to increase imports of Russian wheat.
Four thousand tonnes of wheat was delivered to China from Russia’s Novosibirsk region last week and the order was processed by Chinese food giant COFCO.
Ma Lijun, COFCO’s general manager for wheat said at the time: ‘Together with our suppliers, we plan to discuss how to better meet the demand of Chinese mills.
‘We want to know more about the production and the quality of Russian wheat in order to prepare for the expansion of imports.’
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