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Putin and Cameron meet in France, 'avoid handshake' upon greeting

Published time: June 05, 2014 19:02
Edited time: June 05, 2014 20:00
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France June 5, 2014. (Reuters / Stefan Rousseau)

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron (R) talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting at Charles De Gaulle Airport in Paris, France June 5, 2014. (Reuters / Stefan Rousseau)

Upon arriving in France for D-Day landing celebrations, Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister David Cameron met at a Paris airport to discuss Russian-UK relations and Ukraine. The leaders reportedly avoided a pre-talks handshake.

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Putin and Cameron on Thursday met at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle Airport, where they arrived ahead of celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the WWII allied landing operation against Nazi Germany.

However, it became clear from the start that despite celebrations, the D-Day meetings are doomed to be overshadowed by tensions over the situation in Ukraine. According to Itar-Tass, the leaders started their meeting “without a traditional handshake.”

Despite the cold start, the talks went on according to etiquette, with Putin and Cameron shaking hands “not on camera,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and UK Prime Minister David Cameron have discussed ways to resolve the situation in Ukraine and the prospects of “revitalizing the Russian-UK dialogue,” Peskov said. “In the course of conversation between Putin and Cameron different issues of the bilateral relations were discussed, including the topic of revitalizing the Russian-British dialogue, which is currently in a frozen state.”

Earlier on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, and US Secretary of State, John Kerry also met in Paris for Ukraine-dominated talks.

While Putin and Cameron were holding the tense airport talks, US President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande were dining at the luxurious Chiberta restaurant in central Paris.

Putin then proceeded to the city’s Elysee Palace, where the host – Hollande – heartily welcomed him on camera. The French President planned two separate dinners with US and Russian leaders, reportedly as part of diplomatic efforts to defuse the tension over Ukraine.

Comments (203)

 

Richard Haddon 09.06.2014 23:53

Still, you can understand the Russian Exec being piqued at all the fuss over D-Day, when no one seems to want to recall the far more terrible struggles of the Russian Fire Brigades on the other side of Europe at that time.

 

JD D 07.06.2014 02:05

The west is weak and have done nothing about anything.

 

Heather Lynn 07.06.2014 00:29

Moe Akkad 06.06.2014 18:53

listen everyone !!!, Russia is growing its time to slow it down thats the name of the game ,china is growing time to slow it down ,globalist have a lot to do with it ,america is growing in secret weather we like it or not ,putin can't take on all leaders,he's a strong man with 44 billion dollars of his own, i understand the west is stupid all you can do is wait for the rise of people.

  


You're right on!! But the west is becoming more and more stupid exponentially by the minute.

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