Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov took his first "selfie" photograph on Wednesday, smiling from ear to ear during an interview with a veteran RT reporter who showed him how take the trendy smartphone self-portrait.
The reporter, Sophie Shevardnadze, a granddaughter of former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze who has been with RT since its inception, posted the photo on her Twitter page to much acclaim.
Her caption reads: "Me: 'Let's make a selfie?' Mr. Lavrov: 'What's that? Oh, that's like Obama and the Danish PM?'"
Me: 'Let's make a selfie?' Mr. Lavrov: 'What's that? Oh, that's like Obama and the Danish PM?' pic.twitter.com/xt7gtctODO— SophieCo (@SophieCo_RT) 23 апреля 2014
Lavrov was referring to a photo of U.S. President Barack Obama, who, with a beaming smile, was joking around taking a selfie with the Danish prime minister at late South African leader Nelson Mandela's funeral in December.
That photo became known as the "selfie seen round the world," a reference to the supposed "shot heard round the world" that started the American Revolution, a phrase coined in an 1837 poem by writer Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Lavrov's smile, though, may not be typical for a Muscovite selfie, as the self-proclaimed selfie-investigating website