Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday offered an interesting take on the recently leaked tape of Donald Trump boasting that he could grab women “by the p—y” and kiss them without consequence because of his celebrity status.
“Russia had its own Pussy Riot moment. What do you think of Donald Trump’s Pussy Riot moment?” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked Lavrov in an interview.
She was referring to a Russian feminist punk rock band of which two members were jailed in 2012 for hooliganism, prompting a national debate about free speech, Russia’s policing practices, and authoritarianism.
“English is not my mother tongue. I don’t know if I would sound decent. There are so many p—ies around the presidential campaign on both sides that I prefer not to comment on this,” Lavrov said.
“Oh my goodness, I wasn’t expecting that,” a stunned Amanpour said with a laugh.
Here’s the clip of the interaction:
Lavrov is due to discuss the crisis in Syria with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday in Lausanne, Switzerland, Reuters reports. US-Russia relations have deteriorated in recent weeks to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War, amid tensions over Syria and the US alleging that Russia hacked Democratic Party organizations.