The foreign minister, usually known to the public for his very formal attire of suits and ties, caught reporters off-guard with his casual appearance, including a jacket, jeans, and what appeared to be boots.
"Lavrov with reporters on the trip back to Moscow from Gorno-Altaisk. I couldn't resist!"
Earlier this month, Lavrov arrived in Sochi for a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in a retro GAZ-M20 'Pobeda' ('Victory'), a car produced in the post-war Soviet Union from the late 1940s to the late 1950s.
Lavrov had spent Friday in negotiations with his Kazakhstani counterpart Yerlan Idrisov. Idrisov invited Lavrov for a visit to the Baikonur space port this fall for the next scheduled launch of a manned spacecraft into space.