During President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit to his counterpart in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the fact that Putin made Erdoğan wait for two minutes in the Kremlin before meeting him created a storm on social media. What was particularly notable was the stopwatch image on Russian state television that depicted how long Putin made Erdoğan and his delegation wait.
A report aired yesterday on Russian state-controlled TV (Russia 1) features newly released footage about how Putin made Erdogan wait for 2 minutes outside the hall before meeting him on March 5 in Moscow. pic.twitter.com/SFk87v0EJO
— Elizabeth Tsurkov (@Elizrael) March 9, 2020
Today he received a taste of his own medicine!
Russian President Vladimir Putin was seemingly left in the lurch during a diplomatic summit in Iran on Tuesday, with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan making him wait for a joint appearance.
Video from the summit meeting showed Putin arriving in a room set up for a joint announcement.
Putin stood awkwardly in the room for over 45 seconds before Erdoğan enters.
International observers pointed to the video as a sign of Russia’s tarnished reputation following the country’s war against Ukraine.
Joyce Karam, a senior correspondent for UAE news site The National, said Putin’s wait showed a significant shift in dynamic between the two leaders.
“Those 50 seconds that Erdogan made Putin wait, looking frazzled in-front of cameras say plenty of how much has changed after Ukraine,” she tweeted.
Putin has a notable history of showing up late for meetings with other foreign leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, and even Pope Francis. He has become so notorious for this habit that The Guardian even published an article on the subject in 2015 entitled “Why is Putin always late?”
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