US Secretary of State John Kerry was teased by Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the Kremlin this week – after he emerged from the plane holding onto his luggage.
Putin joked that the US Secretary was holding onto the suitcase as it contained money “to haggle with”.
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“Today when I saw the footage of you going down the plane and carrying your luggage I was a bit upset… On the one hand, it’s quite a democratic way of conduct, but on the other hand, I thought, probably, the situation in the United States is not that good. There is no one to assist the Secretary of State carry his luggage,” Putin joked.
“Then I thought there was something in that briefcase of yours you couldn’t trust anyone else with. Probably you brought some money to haggle with on key matters”.
John Kerry said he would reveal the secret of his briefcase’s contents later, promising that it would be a surprise.
“When we have a private moment, I’ll show you what’s in that briefcase. And I think you’ll be surprised. Pleasantly.”
Kerry arrived in Moscow on Thursday and has been holding negotiations with Russia’s President and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The negotiations are said to concern a number of issues, such as the situation in Syria, the Ukrainian crisis, the recent Flydubai crash, and the fate of Ukrainian pilot Savchenko.