Secretary of State John Kerry, who has long had a vacation home in Ketchum, presented Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with two huge Idaho bakers Monday in Paris as the pair were about to resume talks on Syria.
Lavrov, who had asked about Idaho’s world-famous export at an earlier meeting, called the russets “impressive” according to NBC News.
Photos of the spudestroika exchange are available on links above. The first is from New York magazine, the second from NBC. The shots were taken by Pablo Martinez Monsivais of AFP-Getty Images.
It’s not the first time Kerry has pitched Idaho products on the world stage. When Kerry ran for president in 2004, he took reporters on a rigorous Sun Valley ski vacation.
The home in Ketchum also has been the site of numerous Democratic Party fundraisers. Kerry’s wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, first shared the $5 million property with her late husband, Pennsylvania Republican Sen. John Heinz.