8 Oct 2019 15:14

U.S. diplomat Gorman in Vladivostok

VLADIVOSTOK. Oct 8 (Interfax) - Bart Gorman, who is currently heading the United States mission in Russia, is in on a three-day visit to Vladivostok, which includes a sightseeing tour of the city.

During his visit to Vladivostok on October 7-9, Gorman "visited the military patriotic club 20th Century Hardware in Primorsky Territory. Mr. Gorman was glad of the opportunity to tour the museum's unique exposition and drive a motor vehicle made after the Second World War," the U.S. Consulate in Vladivostok said on Facebook on Tuesday.

Some of the exhibits are examples of U.S.-Russia cooperation under the war-time U.S. Lend-Lease program, the statement said.

The museum where the club is based showcases specimens of civilian and military hardware, most of which were made in the period from 1917 to 1960.

"The 20th Century Hardware in Primorsky Territory club is an autonomous nonprofit entity aimed at military-patriotic upbringing and educating locals and foreign guests about Russia's past and present," the statement said.

It was reported that Gorman was seen in Vladivostok a day earlier.

A short video about his arrival to the Russian Far East capital was broadcast by the local television news channel Vesti Primorye. At the airport, the diplomat was met, among others, by a protestor holding up a placard which said he was not welcome there. The man was also shouting "go back home" at Gorman.

A source told Interfax earlier that Gorman had arrived in Vladivostok for a brief visit.