“Something happened?”: As many as four leaders made Putin wait

In four shots recorded during the meeting and published on Twitter by BBC journalist Andrey Zakharov, the Russian leader can be seen standing in front of the Russian flag and waiting for the leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan, India and Kyrgyzstan to come and officially greet him, Newsweek writes.

“A person who was deliberately late for meetings, now shows up even earlier. Did something happen?” A. Zakharov asks rhetorically while commenting on the uploaded photos.

And CNN journalist Bianna Golodryga, who shared A. Zakharov’s message, wrote “Well, the montage. V. Putin, who usually behaved like a powerful man, that is, making foreign leaders (including B. Obama…) wait for him… got a taste of his own medicine from the leaders of Turkey, Azerbaijan, India and Kyrgyzstan.”

Reacting to footage of Putin waiting for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, commented: “In the past, Putin used to make everyone wait, but now he has become the one who has to wait frustratingly. Times have changed.”

Alongside a photo of Putin waiting for Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev, The Guardian’s Shaun Walker wrote: “Failure pretending to be on the phone because someone is late for a date. But there is no phone, and that someone is Aliyev.”

Delphi reminds that in July, V. Putin had to stand awkwardly in the office in front of a lot of reporters for a while while he was waiting for the Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In a video taken before the meeting between the two leaders, Putin can be seen standing impatiently, his expression clearly showing he is uncomfortable. RT Erdogan greeted him 50 seconds later. Such an agreement was unusual for V. Putin.

Most of the time, it is he who makes other world leaders wait – on purpose, sometimes even for more than one hour. Opinions were heard that RT Erdogan paid V. Putin for 2020. The meeting in Moscow, when the Turkish president had to wait so long that he even sat down.

Reporters captured the moment Putin entered the office, expecting RT Erdogan to join him soon, but the Russian president had to stand alone and listen to the cameras click. The normally stoic Russian leader crossed his fingers, stood still, and pulled his cheeks in.

Finally, Putin dropped his hands to his sides and appeared to be slightly annoyed when RT Erdogan leisurely approached and shook his hand.

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