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Chris De Burgh, Mikheil Saakashvili, And 'Russian Vodka'


From Trend:

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili met with the Moldovan acting President Mihai Ghimpu in Batumi. The two presidents discussed bilateral cooperation and coordinated cooperation in international organizations, economic projects and regional security issues.

After the meeting Saakashvili and Ghimpu visited an open air concert of the British singer Chris de Burgh. Burgh thanked the Georgian President for the attention and drank for the prosperity of Georgia, and then sang the song "Russian vodka".

Don't worry though, De Burgh probably got away with it. He's the Teflon crooner -- even the Iranian authorities can't resist "Lady in Red."

-- Luke Allnutt

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