Russian FM ‘rowing in tune’: Lavrov sports paddling skills in extreme rafting course (VIDEO)
Lavrov tackled the rapids at the Peretna River in Nizhny Novgorod region as part of an eight-man crew on Friday.
It took the Russian FM and his partners around seven minutes to complete the 600-meter water course.
The newly-opened Okulovka center, which provides unique conditions for rafting, is expected to become home for the national team and host top sporting events.
Lavrov is known as a hardcore rafting fan and has done a lot for the development of the extreme sport in Russia.
The FM even headed Russia’s Rafting Federation in 2007-2009, with the country taking a bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics during his tenure.
On a recent visit to Finland, Lavrov compared rafting to diplomacy, saying that success in both fields “can only be achieved through well-coordinated teamwork when everyone is rowing in tune with each other. If someone would try to be selfish, ignoring his partners than the raft will overturn.”