Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev proposed “Russiano” as a new name for the coffee drink Americano. Medvedev mentioned this idea on Nov. 16 at a meeting of the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council, according to RIA Novosti.
Speaking with Belarusian colleagues, Medvedev praised them for their constructive behaviour. Andrei Kobyakov, prime minister of Belarus, said that coffee helped him.
“[Kobyakov] asked for an Americano,” Medvedev said. “It did not sound politically correct at all. Let’s rename it!” Medvedev’s suggestion for a new name was Russiano.
In November 2014, it was reported that owners of some cafes in Crimea refused to use the word Americano on their menus. One café even posted the following notice: “Attention! Due to the unstable geopolitical situation we don’t have Americano. Ask for Crimean coffee instead.” Some coffee machines also had Americano buttons covered with Russiano stickers.
Crimea became part of the Russian Federation in March 2014. Ukraine and the vast majority of the world have not recognized its self-determined status even though Moscow insists that it’s joining of the Russian Federation was in accordance with international law.
Moscow coffee shops promptly responded to Dmitry Medvedev’s proposal and have already included Russiano in their menus, according to one Muscovite’s Instagram.