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Dancing queen & no-nonsense spokesperson: Maria Zakharova’s 5 years as Russian International Ministry’s tongue-in-chief (VIDEO)

Dancing queen & no-nonsense spokesperson: Maria Zakharova’s 5 years as Russian Foreign Ministry’s tongue-in-chief (VIDEO)

Within the 5 years since she turned the primary lady to function the Russian International Ministry spokesperson, Maria Zakharova has turn out to be a family title internationally, ruffling fairly just a few feathers, however leaving no person neutral.

Zakharova has rapidly turn out to be identified for pulling no punches in her each day briefings, in addition to on social media.

Likewise, the spokesperson, whom the BBC as soon as included on its checklist of the world’s high 100 inspirational and influential girls, has not been shy to showcase her life exterior the press room, with a video of her performing a standard Kalinka folks dance in entrance of dozens of dignitaries on the Russian-ASEAN summit in 2016 turning into an immediate viral hit.

International Ministry Official Spokesperson Maria Zakharova makes a selfie throughout a briefing in Svetlogorsk. © Sputnik / Vitaly Nevar

‘Conflict of puns’ over Syria  

Zakharova doesn’t maintain again in relation to defending Russia’s overseas coverage pursuits, whether or not it’s Syria, Ukraine, the Skripal saga, or the notorious Russiagate. When decrying remarks by then-US State Division deputy spokesman Mark Toner in February 2016, who urged Russia to “put up or shut up” over Syria’s truce, Zakharova was having not one of the undiplomatic figurative speech, coming again with: “Mark had higher order his personal colleagues to close up, if such an idiomatic model of communication is frequent amongst American diplomats.”  

‘Cease spreading lies and pretend information’

Zakharova has by no means been a fan of US mainstream media, particularly these peddling the now-debunked Russiagate narrative.

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Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova © Mikhail Voskresenskiy
‘Cease spreading lies & pretend information,’ Russian FM spokeswoman tells CNN reporter

When requested by a CNN crew about spying allegations towards former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak after a briefing in Moscow in March 2017, she informed a CNN reporter to his face: “Come on, cease spreading lies and pretend information. That is good recommendation for CNN. Thanks,” earlier than strolling away.

A poem for John Kerry

US Division of State Spokesperson Jennifer Psaki, her by Russian counterpart Maria Zakharova along with US Secretary of State, John Kerry, and Russian International Minister, Sergey Lavrov. © US Division of State

Zakharova can also be identified for having a delicate spot for poetry. And, throughout a briefing in Might 2016, she used poetry as a diplomatic software. Responding to a query about intensified phone contacts between her boss, Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov, and then-US state secretary John Kerry, she recited a barely altered model of a poem by Robert Burns.

“His coronary heart is in Moscow. His coronary heart will not be there. 

“His coronary heart is in Moscow, chasing a bear. 

“Chasing not grizzly, however Kremlinese. 

“His coronary heart is in Moscow, wherever John is.”

Dancing queen

Other than her tongue-in-cheek remarks, Zakharova is probably higher identified for her dance strikes. Whereas attending the 58th Brass Band Competition in Serbia in August 2018, she was filmed shifting to the grooves of Balkan music.

Being a flexible dancer, Zakharova later saddled the beat of the Causcian conventional dance, ‘Lezginka,’ at a youth discussion board in North Caucasus a yr later.

However, in all probability, her most well-known efficiency nonetheless stays the fiery rendition of the Russian folks dance, ‘Kalinka.’ 

Maria Zakharova dances in the course of the reception in honour of heads of the delegations on the Russia-ASEAN summit in Sochi in 2016. © Reuters


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