Saturday, May 19
Putin greets Assad with a joke, Merkel with flowers
As to what Putin said that made Assad laugh so hard, I wish I knew.
DW's take on the Putin-Merkel meeting in Sochi; Reuters and RFERL on the Putin-Assad meeting, also in Sochi.
A big thanks to RFERL for providing Americans with a link to the Kremlin's summary of what was said at the Putin-Assad meet. It's in Russian. Such a help. Yes yes but I just don't feel like fooling with Google Translate at the moment.
But for me the most illuminating summary is that Putin waited outside for Assad's car to arrive so he could immediately greet Assad -- a gesture of great respect for a national leader to accord another -- and that he obviously wanted the video record of this to be seen by the public.
SANA has posted the video, also available at YouTube.
Posted by Pundita at 5/19/2018 02:17:00 AM