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Cathy Ashton struggles to identify Serbian President

She demanded an aide accompany her as she didn't "know what he looks like"

Baroness Ashton
Baroness Ashton, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs. Photograph: Getty Images

See what happened when Baroness Ashton, the EU Foreign Minister, greeted the new Serbian President on his first trip to Brussels. Her heartfelt plea to an aide of "Robert, someone's got to come with me, because I don't know what he looks like" as she marches purposefully down the corridor is the kind of dialogue we expect from Iannucci, really...


If you can't see the video, you can watch it the SEETV website here








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