U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin met on Tuesday morning over a traditional Russian breakfast. "We have prepared for you a Russian-style breakfast," Putin said when he greeted his guest at his official residence. It is good to discuss international relations around a traditional breakfast, in a peaceful atmosphere, while learning about Russian traditions a little bit, isn't it?
The Obama Putin breakfast meal was served indoors on an open terrace, with some tables covered with blue, white and red tablecloths in the style of classic Pavlovsky Posad shawls.
The menu included smoked sturgeon with pancakes and cranberry sauce, eggs with black caviar and sour cream, and quail pelmeni, Russian dumplings filled with minced meat.
Homemade ice-cream and cherry kisel, a sweet sauce, were served for dessert.
Obama also got the opportunity to drink tea made from water boiled in a samovar, a traditional Russian boiler containing hot coals. A waiter in national dress, including a red embroidered tunic, used a leather riding boot to fan air through the coals to boil the water.
A folk ensemble played traditional Russian songs during the breakfast.
Materials from RIA Novosti are used in this report.