Moscow: To mark Vladimir Putin’s 20-year tenure as Russian president, Kremlin’s Press service recently released a video showing Putin dancing to a folk song with former US President George W Bush. Also Read - Russia Government Resigns as President Vladimir Putin Proposes Reforms
The archival footage that has surfaced now, was shot in Sochi way back in 2008. Also Read - PM Modi Speaks to Russian President Putin Over Phone, Discusses Ways to Enhance Ties
As per reports, the two world leaders were seen swaying to a Russian folk song called Sudarynya-Barynya (‘Lady – Landlady’) along with a folk ensemble. Also Read - Donald Trump, Russia President Putin Exchange Dialogue Over Counterterrorism, Bilateral Ties
The video footage shows Putin dancing on the stage while Bush dances separately with a female member of the folk troupe. After the dancing gets over, the two leaders proceed to the dinner table and shake hands with each other.
Watch the video here:
As per a report by the Euro News, a press conference was held after the dance party where then-president Bush said, “I’m only happy that our press corps didn’t see me trying to dance the dance that I was asked to do.”
Responding to him, Putin cheekily replied, “We were able to see that you are a brilliant dancer,” to which Bush responded, “We’ll leave it at that.”