A month after Leader Joe Biden’s dog was removed from the White House – after 11 bites of US intelligence guards and agents -, it was Coudrot, the dog of Moldova’s President Maia Sandu, who broke the rules of etiquette. Austrian leader Alexander van der Bellen was greeted with “some excitement,” prompted by a bite on his hand. But this did not affect the talks between the two leaders, as he is an “animal lover.”
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The incident occurred on Thursday, when Sandu and Van der Bellen were walking around the gardens of the Presidential Palace in Chisinau. The President of Moldova decided to present her dog, who was rescued this year after being run over, to her Austrian counterpart, but the first impression was not the best.
The moment was captured on video by media who were at the scene and could see it Van der Bellen leans over and extends his hand to pet Crodot. However, instead of accepting the affection, he reciprocates by barking and then biting. As the BBC showed.
Sandhu immediately apologized and said the dog was too excited. “There are a lot of people,” he admitted. Quoted from Politico newspaper. The Austrian president was later photographed with a bandage on his hand.
Despite this, Van der Bellen did not let the incident affect the agenda of his visit to the country. “My first meeting with Caudrut, the ‘first dog’ of the Republic of Moldova, caused some excitement,” he began by saying, In a video clip he posted on Instagram.
He continued: “Everyone who knows me knows that I am a huge dog lover and can understand how excited he was – he was nervous about the people around him.”
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