Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a uncommon apology to his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic for a senior Russian official’s Fb publish which angered Mr Vucic.
Mr Vucic informed Serbian TV concerning the apology and the Kremlin confirmed it.
Overseas Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova posted a photograph of Mr Vucic sitting reverse President Donald Trump within the White Home and under it a photograph of actress Sharon Stone’s legs.
Ms Zakharova herself later apologised.
The provocative screenshot of the crossed legs got here from the movie Primary Intuition, in a scene the place Sharon Stone’s character briefly exposes herself.
Ms Zakharova’s publish stated Mr Vucic seemed as if he was being interrogated by President Trump.
“In case you are invited to the White Home however your chair stands like you might be in an interrogation, it’s best to sit like within the image quantity 2. Whoever you might be. Simply belief me,” Ms Zakharova wrote.
On Sunday she up to date the publish with an apology, saying her feedback had been misunderstood. She stated she was taking intention at American “conceitedness”, not the Serbian chief.
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On Thursday Mr Vucic informed Serbian TV: “President Putin has by no means apologised to me for something, and neither has [Russian Foreign Minister] Sergei Lavrov. However each did.”
Mr Vucic stated he had spoken to Mr Putin by telephone, and he added: “I feel now we have good relations and for me this was a passing, unimportant incident.”
Vucic fury at ‘vulgarity’
Ms Zakharova’s publish got here after Mr Vucic had signed a co-operation cope with Kosovo on the White Home, and has been seen as an indication of Russian irritation with Serbian-US ties.
Serbia has lengthy been a key ally of Russia’s within the Balkans, and neither nation recognises Kosovo’s independence.
Mr Vucic was livid with Ms Zakharova’s publish. In televised feedback he stated “Maria Zakharova speaks largely about herself, and the primitivism and vulgarity she confirmed speaks of her, and by God, of those that positioned her there”.
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