Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that he had "brought snow to Tokyo."
In his turn, Lavrov replied, "Since we did not interfere in your elections, we decided to intervene in the weather."
According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, after that Lavrov took a photo of snow falling outside the window.
This wasn't the first time Russia's top diplomat mocked the claims of Moscow's interference. Recently, South Korea's National Security Office head Chung Eui-yong, during a meeting with Russia' s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, noted that he had previously met with the head of Russia's Security Council Nikolay Patrushev, and talks were very successful, so he came to Moscow again to keep on discussing vital questions.
At the same time, Lavrov ironically remarked: "What a secret you brought to light! Everyone will think now, that Russia is behind it all again."
Taro Kono congratulated his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on his birthday with a holiday cake in the form of a soccer ball, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
🇷🇺🇯🇵Визит в Токио проходит в День рождения Сергея Лаврова. Японский министр тепло поздравил российского коллегу, завершив рабочий ланч праздничным тортом в виде футбольного мяча. Лавров в долгу не остался и подарил коллеге официальный мяч @fifaworldcup_ru pic.twitter.com/KnU0jPufzG— МИД России 🇷🇺 (@MID_RF) 21 марта 2018 г.