June 18th, 2012
08:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Hot and cold day for Obama and Putin

Los Cabos, Mexico – Call it a case of appearances over substance. During brief remarks after President Obama’s bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday morning, the two leaders’ body language seemed to indicate the meeting had not gone well. They rarely looked at each other, never smiled and ended their meeting with a perfunctory handshake.

Reporters pounced on such a dramatic visual representation of what has recently been a somewhat troubled relationship. Russia has refused to go along with the United States and other nations in calling for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to step aside, and has blocked two U.N. Security Council Resolutions sanctioning the Syrian government.

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Filed under: G-20 • President Obama • Russia
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  1. Marie MD

    It that photograph says anything it's that they are fine.

    June 18, 2012 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  2. Larry L

    We need to get tough with Russia over their support for the Syrian thugs. President Obama is doing exactly that via diplomatic efforts. Romney would have us in another Republican war by now.

    June 18, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  3. g

    what side of the fence is china leaning

    June 18, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |