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President Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha, left, and Malia, right, arrive in Moscow, Monday, July 6, 2009.(Haraz N. Ghanbari/Associated Press)

By Robin Givhan
MOSCOW -- First lady Michelle Obama arrived in the Russian capital Monday wearing a bright coral dress, jacket and flats that splashed color into a teeth-chattering, overcast afternoon.

She and the president descended the steps off Air Force One along with daughters Malia and Sasha, while first grandmother Marian Robinson avoided the phalanx of news cameras by taking a rear staircase.

The family was greeted by the official delegation, which included Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak; deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov; U.S. ambassador to Russia John Beyrle and his wife, Jocelyn Greene.

Mrs. Obama was presented with a brightly colored bouquet of flowers, which she promptly handed off to Greene. It was a move that might have horrified Miss Manners, but made the Secret Service happy. The flowers had not been duly screened.

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Posted at 11:47 AM ET on Jul 6, 2009  | Category:  Obama Abroad
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