08:32 GMT25 January 2021
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    Russian President Vladimir recently met with cultural luminaries in the Kremlin and, most notably, handed out awards for outstanding artistic and literary achievements.

    During the event, Putin exchanged a couple of remarks with renowned musician and conductor Yuri Bashmet and at one point, with tongue in cheek, briefly borrowed Bashmet's glass of champagne, took a sip and handed it back to him. Shortly thereafter, the Russian president's press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, no less ironically congratulated the conductor with "the glass acquisition."

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