The President of Russia Vladimir Putin has spent three days in China, from 3 to 5 September, he participated in the summit “Big twenty”. During this time he spent ten bilateral meetings, the message on the Kremlin website.
Frankly without a contract
The most anticipated was traditionally conversation with President Barack Obama. The communication lasted about an hour and a half passed TASS. The heads of state first spoke with the participation of Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov, presidential aide Yuri Ushakov and U.S. Secretary of state John Kerry, and then left alone. “The meeting took longer than planned, they stayed, discussing Syria, mainly, and Ukraine”, — told the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov.
Putin at the final press conference said that the topic of lifting sanctions against Russia was touched upon only in passing and he does not see sense “to discuss such matters”. Thus on the normalization of relations with the United States, he spoke only in the future tense. “I think it’s probably the future — to discuss these issues (the lifting of sanctions. — ) if we discussion get. I hope that someday it will happen, and normalization full normalization of relations, including with the United States, which, of course, for us is very important partner”.
Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and U.S. President Barack Obama during a meeting in Hangzhou
Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/press-service of the Russian President/TASS
Obama, answering a reporter’s question on CNN, complained that the conclusion of an agreement between Russia and the United States on the cessation of violence in Syria prevents the “trust deficit”. This whole meeting he called “Frank”. Reuters sources at the state Department reported that on Syria the two countries have serious disagreements remain.
The elections are more important
In a trilateral format with President of France Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Putin is not met, although this communication was planned. Initially it was proposed that the format of Merkel, said the source familiar with the preparations for the event. But, as follows from Putin’s words at a press conference, at the initiative of Merkel meeting was cancelled — it was due to the fact that at the scheduled time, she was busy with local elections in Germany.
In the end, Putin spoke with the leaders of the two countries separately. Talked mostly about the Ukrainian crisis, he reported on the results. While his words indicated that the meeting in Normandy format (Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany) is meaningless.
“I said to the Federal Chancellor and the French President, that the question is not whether to meet or not to meet. The issue is that these meetings led to some positive movement forward towards settlement. I believe that it is meaningless just to report the very fact of meetings. I was under the impression that just meet for the sake of meetings and no one wants. Maybe in addition to the Poroshenko. I don’t know, I have been not talking”, — said Putin. Earlier in mass media there was information about a possible meeting of the Quartet, but in August Russia accused Ukraine of preparing terrorist acts on the territory of Crimea. After that, Putin called the meeting meaningless.
French President Francois Hollande, Chinese President XI Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (left to right) at the G20 summit in China
Photo: Nicolas Asfouri/POOL/AP
Hitch in front of the camera
Met the President and the new Prime Minister of great Britain Teresa may, it was their first meeting. Before the talks, the head of the English government forgot all about taking pictures and immediately sat in the chair without shaking Putin’s hand in front of the cameras. “It’s not the hitch: she sat down, and Putin offered her to shake hands before the cameras how to do it. She is in a rush just forgot,” commented Sands.
Sources The Times, citing an unnamed representative of the government of the UK said that may allegedly made it clear to Putin that London can not conduct a business “as usual”. “The Prime Minister has made it clear that we cannot be relations in the spirit of business as usual: there are a number of complex and serious problem, — said the interlocutor of the newspaper. But in those matters in which cooperation is in our interests, especially in matters of security of our citizens, we will strive to find a common language with the Russians.”
The UK Prime Minister, Theresa may, and the President of Russia Vladimir Putin during a meeting in Hangzhou
Photo: Alexei Druzhinin/RIA NOVOSTI KREMLIN Pool/AP
Not so fast
On the basis of communication with the President of Turkey Recep Erdogan Putin commented on the decision of the Turkish side to start the land operation in Syria. “We do not welcome any action that contradict the norms and principles of international law”, — he said. Work on the restoration of bilateral relations is “not as fast as we would like our Turkish partners.” “But we would like, it may be faster to do it all. You know, when we break, it is always fast, and always restore more difficult,” he said.
In addition, Putin spoke with President of China XI Jinping, President of Argentina Mauricio Macri, President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the king of Bahrain Hamad bin ISA al Khalifa and the crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman.
Do not expect practical results from routine meetings on the sidelines of the summit of “twenty” is not the UN security Council and not bilateral talks, says scientific Director of the German-Russian forum Alexander Rahr.
Agreements interfere with objective reasons, he said. “To expect breakthrough from the meeting with Obama now is not necessary, he has only six months as President, he wants to bookend his presidency and doesn’t want to go on some concessions and change position,” said Rahr. Germany, in his opinion, would be ready to develop with Russia a new project, but it is the European consensus, so expect concrete results more difficult, the expert explains.
While PAP claims that the country’s “twenty” showed a new level of communication and relations with Russia: if in 2014 at the summit in Australia nobody knew what to expect from Russia, and Putin was given the cold shoulder, but now that attitude has changed. “To Russia, which has experienced sanctions and builds relations with Europe, is shown more respect, everyone understands that to fight and walk back in the cold war not want,” he said.