Government minister Sergei Yarov had to apologise to Russian leader Vladimir Putin yesterday. The president had reportedly become upset when Mr Yarov failed to congratulate him on his newly-invaded state of Crimea.
"Vladimir can be quite sensitive" said minister Boris Klashov "when he came into the Kremlin with a smile on his face we all immediately jumped to our feet and one by one shook his hand and congratulated him on his new Crimea".
"Putin likes the attention. But Sergei was just busy sat down reading reports on US jets being stationed in Poland" the rest of the meeting was said to be extremely awkward with Putin even bringing up Crimea in general conversation a few times as if to jolt Sergei into congratulating him but to no avail.
"We were all were looking at Sergei, praying that he would take the hint but he didn't. After the meeting we told Mr Yarov to go immediately to Vladimir to congratulate him" The Russian leader accepted Sergei Yarov's handshake but was said to be privately disgruntled.