MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov donned an anti-lockdown mask during a visit to China on Monday which bore a profanity-laden slogan that his ministry said suited him "just right". The English-language slogan on the black mask had all the vowels removed and read "FCKNG QRNTN" to express the wearer's attitude to COVID-19 quarantines.
I wonder if Sergei Viktorovich will start a new brand of masks. Or a new fashion trend.
In related news, Lavrov already stated that Russia and China should simply isolate themselves from Western banking and the movement in this direction is in progress. As Peskov stated:
With anti-Russian sanctions gathering momentum, particularly in the US, President Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov says he does not exclude the possibility of Russia being unplugged from the SWIFT financial network.“We cannot rule out any of the potential threats... These actions are unreasonable and unpredictable, therefore, of course, this situation obliges us to be on the alert,” Peskov told reporters on Monday after being asked whether the Kremlin views potential disconnection of Russia from the global payment system as a serious threat.Washington has been threatening to disconnect Russia from the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) for years. Moscow has responded by creating a domestic alternative to the payment system called SPFS, or the System for Transfer of Financial Messages. It is set to be linked with the Chinese cross-border interbank payment system CIPS and India’s future payment mechanism. The Russian payment system will also work with Iran’s SEPAM, as Iranian banks have had no access to SWIFT since 2018 after the US reinstated sanctions.
Waiting for Lavrov wearing mask with FCKNG SWFT. It takes Lavrov and his 80th level of being cool (because of the country he represents) to literally wear his heart on his sleeve or mask, in this particular case.