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Watch: Truss and Lavrov clash in Russia

Liz Truss is out on Russia, meeting the Kremlin’s finest in between various photoshoots. But while the Foreign Secretary might enjoy cosplaying as Mrs T in her finest furs, her appearance this afternoon with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov was more Theresa May than Iron Lady. In an awkward encounter Lavrov told a joint press conference that UK diplomats came ‘unprepared’ to Moscow and that talks with Truss were like ‘speaking to a deaf person who listens but cannot hear.’ Naturally, such comments were seized upon by some of the more Brexit-deranged critics here in Britain, as proof of Truss’s failings. Lionel Barber, the former editor of the Financial Times, virtually salivated over the exchange, gushing on Twitter