The following article, Putin’s Security Manhandles American Press in Switzerland, was first published on Flag And Cross.
Let’s make no mistake about it, every molecule of the minutiae surrounding Russian President Vladimir Putin is calculated, down to the handshakes, the smirks, the jokes, and the gifts.
We sometimes have to remind ourselves that Putin isn’t just Russia’s leader, but a man who is hellbent on remaining in power for the remainder of his life, and who comes from an intelligence background within the KGB. Very little is left up to chance with Vlad.
So, when he and US President Joe Biden sat down to talk on Wednesday, Putin appeared to have a little surprise for the American leader.
U.S. reporters and producers were aggressively pushed and shoved by Russian security officials Wednesday at the start of the highly-anticipated meeting in Geneva between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, denying the press full access to what was expected to be a short press availability before the hours-long summit.
Inside the room, Biden and Putin were seated with a small wooden table in between them, and a large globe was just behind the table. Large U.S. and Russian flags were erected on each side of the globe.
Next to the president sat a female interpreter, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Putin was seated next to an interpreter, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.
The media scuffle was described by those in the room as “chaotic,” with journalists being pushed and shoved.
The move could certainly have been an attempt by Putin to rattle his American counterpart, in order to perhaps have the upper hand in their coming conversation.
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