Social distancing’s no hurdle for talks between trusted allies, Russian FM Sergey Lavrov did actually show as he arrived to meet Iran’s Javad Zarif without a face mask. Zarif was more careful, but soon opted to remove his, too.
Zarif is among the first high-ranking foreign people to land in Moscow and engage in face-to-face talks with Lavrov in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown. In recent months, the Russian foreign minister has held meetings only via video call.
When the 2 officials appeared before the journalists, Zarif was sporting a mask, which he merely removed for a brief photoshoot. Lavrov made a decision to not wear any face protection in a apparent display of confidence.
The Iranian FM finally removed his mask when the ministers got behind the negotiating dining table, looking visibly relieved.
To be fair, the table that separated Lavrov and Zarif was still wider that the 1.5-meter distance recommended in these times of Covid-19, and the rest of the delegation had donned masks and gloves.
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