During an agriculture meeting last week, Vladimir Putin was caught in a fit of laughter after the Minister of Agriculture recommended exporting pork to a predominately Muslim nation. The suggestion was made by Alexander Tkachov as a method for increasing overseas trade. Putin pointed out the flaw in the recommendation as he laughed at the notion.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Tkachov was making a comparison between Germany’s and Russia’s export figure, and recommended the exportation of pork to Indonesia, a majority Muslim country, as a way to increase their overseas trade number.
Video footage captured during the meeting last Friday shows Tkachov saying” “[Germany] send half their port to export. Look at Germany’s numbers: five and a half million tons of pork produced a year, of that, almost three million is exported to all countries, to China, to Indonesia, to Japan, Korea, and so on.”
Putin replied, “Indonesia is a Muslim country. They do not eat pork there,” as he began to chuckle at the recommendation.
Tkachov responded, “They will,” to which Putin replied, “No, they will not.”
Putin then begins laughing hysterically and ultimately resorts to covering his face with his hands as he tries to regain his composure.
Later, Tkachov, in an attempt to correct himself, stated that his comments after pork exports were supposed to be applied to South Korea and not Indonesia.
Last month, a Russian media outlet said the nation’s agricultural industry was “booming.” This was largely based on China’s and Venezuela’s plans to increase the importation of wheat produced in Russia.
Just last week, China received a 4,000 tons shipment of wheat that was grown in the Novosibirsk region of Russia. The grain is set to be processed by COFCO, a Chinese food company.
Speaking about the potential increase in wheat imports, COFCO’s general manager Ma Lijun said, “Together with our suppliers, we plan to discuss how to better meet the demand of Chinese mills.”
Lijun continued, saying, “We want to know more about the production and the quality of Russian wheat in order to prepare for the expansion of imports.”