One of Russia's special products is not allowed to be exported to China.
'We love Russian ice cream in China, but it is illegal to export it.' Picture: NTV
A Chinese businessman surprised the Russian president Vladimir Putin at the Eastern Economic Forum by asking for curbs to be removed on ice cream exports to his country.
Sirius Holding chairman Zhang Tao told the Kremlin leader: 'We love Russian ice cream in China, but it is illegal to export it. The only way to enjoy it is to go to Russia and get some here.
'Something could be done to make it easier for Chinese people to buy ice cream here and sell it in China.'
Vladimir Putin meets Xi Jinping at G20. Picture: Kremlin.ru
Putin seemed unaware of an ice cream curtain between the two countries, and vowed to personally overcome this great wall.
'You surprised me with regard to the export of ice cream, as though this were a national asset, some cultural heritage,' he said. 'This is the first time I have heard this.
'Now, whenever I go to China, I will bring Chairman Xi some ice cream as a special treat, given it is so difficult to get.'
After months of speculation, parliament and President rubber-stamp deal that will see gas sent to China.
Total of 140,000 tonnes is on its way from Siberia thanks to cooperation between the two warring nations.
Gazprom says operations are 'in full swing' with work due to start soon on iconic pipeline to provide gas on eastern route.