‘Theatrics for lack of argument?’ Russian embassy trolls Boris Johnson for canceling Russia trip
The last-minute cancellation, which has been described as “absurd” by the Russian Foreign Ministry, inspired the Russian diplomatic mission in London to play some Tchaikovsky for Boris.
The embassy shared a bit of the famous “1812 Overture” by the great Russian composer, written to commemorate Russia’s victory over Napoleon’s army in the Patriotic War of 1812.
The triumphant piece is often played at various outdoor events, especially during fireworks, having become a popular reference to the milestone event both in Europe and in the US.
The UK diplomat called off his trip to Russia, saying he would rather meet with his G7 counterparts and discuss Moscow’s stance on the Syrian issue, he announced Saturday.
Johnson, who was due to have a business lunch with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and then hold a joint press conference on Monday, said his decision not to go was backed by US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
As a result, the US official will be the one holding the baby in Moscow in the wake of the missile strike in Syria, the British Foreign Secretary announced.
“He [Tillerson] will visit Moscow as planned,” Boris Johnson said.