ambassador yuri ushakov.

current russian ambassador yuri v. ushakov addressed guests at the russian embassy on tuesday night as part of a reception honoring former russian and us ambassadors. the event signified the continued celebration of this year’s 200th anniversary of us-russia diplomatic relations, to which ushakov toasted the crowd with a shot of vodka, proclaiming that “cold vodka is better than cold war.”

HTB TV was covering the event, and the renowned anatoly panchoshny, one of the best russian singer in the united states, perfomed as guests mingled and enjoyed traditional russian cuisine, and – of course – trays of vodka + pickles.

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