Russian ruling duo clinks glasses of milk at patriotic lunch

1st October 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russia's ruling duo toasted each other with glasses of milk Friday at a lunch of traditional farm products contributed by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Putin was shown on television telling President Dmitry Medvedev to help himself to a giant round loaf of traditional rye bread and a basket of packets of milk and kefir, a drink similar to yoghurt.

"Let's tuck in," Putin invited Medvedev, who quipped: "It's good that you did not come empty-handed."

The leaders clinked glasses of milk with the traditional toast, "Na zdorovye," or "Your health," at the working lunch hosted by Medvedev at his Gorki residence outside Moscow.

The prime minister said he was handed the produce at an agricultural show that he attended earlier in the day in Moscow.

While the late Boris Yeltsin was notorious for heavy drinking during his presidential term, Putin and Medvedev are rarely seen drinking alcohol.

Medvedev has said that fighting alcohol abuse is an urgent priority for the country. He recently introduced a zero-tolerance law for drink-driving and a minimum legal price for vodka.

© 2010 AFP

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