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Newsline: Russian diplomat loses temper at UN

A video of Russia’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkov furiously reprimanding a British diplomat on Wednesday is making headlines. During a discussion on Syria at the UN Security Council, Deputy Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov snapped at British envoy Matthew Rycroft, saying: “Look at me while I’m talking to you.” The outburst came ahead of a vote on a Syria resolution which Russia vetoed. “Don’t turn away your eyes! Look at me! Why are you averting your eyes?” added the Russian diplomat. News website RT reported that the Russian diplomat used the familiar form of the word “you,” usually reserved for talking to friends and children not for addressing senior international public servants.



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