Lavrov made a joke about Russian intervention in the elections abroad

MOSCOW, December 28. /TASS/. The Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with humor responded to the question about Russian intervention in the elections abroad. In interview to the program “international sawmill” on channel NTV, he said that “the work here so much that not enough time for other tasks, for example, the development of cultural ties”.

“You didn’t even mention that this year we did. Sweden, Denmark, Montenegro, Austria, Macedonia. Had to work, of course, is not just… – he said, responding to a joke question leading in any election intervened Russia in the past year. – Because of this we haven’t had time to other things that are equally important. For example, as cultural ties with Japan to develop”.

However, he pointed out, the situation here is improving and now is the Russian cultural festival in Japan. “But while the Japanese Emperor to withdraw it. After two years only he will renounce the throne. We’ve all done it to be sooner, but for two years he begged”.

The theme of the intervention of Russia in internal Affairs of other countries, especially in elections and referendums, became one of the Central foreign media in 2017. Russia accused of meddling in the US presidential election in 2016, a vote for British exit from the European Union, presidential elections in France. However, as repeatedly stressed the head of the Russian foreign Ministry did not present any evidence to support these accusations.

The Emperor of Japan Akihito will abdicate on 30 April 2019. This decision he took himself out of concern about the ability of performance of duties as a “symbol of the state” in connection with old age. The throne will pass to his eldest son, the crown Prince Naruhito.