Poroshenko and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Come to Blows in Davos

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

27th January, 2016


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Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, almost came to blows with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, reports “Izvestia”.

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The tense situation between politicians emerged during breakfast, which was attended by the head of delegation and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The Russian Vice-Premier was sitting at the table close to Poroshenko, and after some time, the intensity of their discussions began to increase rapidly and the politicians rose from their seats.

“They reverted to name-calling. They stood up, grabbed each other’s garments. Even had to be pulled apart. Poroshenko, apparently, did not realize that his guard was not around. The event was closed and only for heads of delegation — one of the members of the Russian delegation in Davos, who witnessed the clashes, told reporters.

Speaking about the dispute, the politician at the traditional meeting with the government of Vladimir Putin said: “They were pretty harsh attacks from the part of Stoltenberg and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. I simply said how Russian people see it. 90% of the 146 million”, — Trutnev told the President.”

I bared my biceps inadvertently, even removed the jacket” – “Did Vysotsky sing about you?” Putin said with a smile, and asked: “Be careful, please”.

The Deputy Minister and the presidential envoy in the far Eastern Federal district, Yury Trutnev, enjoys karate-kyokushinkai. In this form of martial arts he has already reached the fifth Dan.

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