Putin takes defence minister for ride in Siberia

The video released on Sunday (March 21) showed the two officials in a snow-covered forest in the mountainous region.

According to the Russian media, later Shoigu showed Putin his wood workshop.

The Siberian vacation came amid increased tensions with the United States over a recent comment by the newly-inaugurated Joe Biden.

Russia's ambassador to the United States arrived in Moscow on Sunday for discussions on how to address sliding U.S.-Russia relations after U.S. President Joe Biden said he thought Vladimir Putin was a killer, the TASS news agency reported.