By: Steve Dellar | 12-01-2018 | News
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G20 – Putin’s Shock MBS "High Five" Stuns Leaders

The most remarkable sighting at the G20 summit in Argentina thus far came when two controversial leaders decided to high five each other.

The greeting between Saudi crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman and Russian president Vladimir Putin was remarkably warm, even though other heads of government looked a lot more worried at the two men sharing a laugh...

In the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires, leaders of the world's largest world economies came together to meet at the annual G20 summit. Most of them are well-respected politicians, but as usual, it was the controversial names that drew the most attention.

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman was anything but unseen, even though he is suspected of having ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The fact that he chooses Putin to share a laugh with is the most remarkable choice of the moment. After all, the Russian president came under fire from UK Prime Minister Theresa May this year for allegedly poisoning former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia on British soil; and then we don’t even mention the current high-level conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Related coverage: G20 - Trump To Tackle Saudi Arabian Crown Prince, Ukraine And Chinese Trade War.

US President Donald Trump did not partake in the greeting. After all, he had announced on Twitter that he would cancel his planned meeting with Putin because the latter refused to release Ukrainian sailors and their vessels.
Mr Trump did want to speak to Bin Salman, but the Saudi Crown Prince said his agenda was too full to schedule another meet.

The brotherly greeting between Bin Salman and Putin quickly went viral on social media as users pointed out the unsettling similarities between the two controversial leaders who've both had more than their fair share of negative headlines in the past.

Twitter user Adam Best summed up the general feeling of the other onlooking leaders: 'Putin and MBS: Just two authoritarians gleefully bonding over their shared passion for killing journalists.'


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Anonymous No. 91955 2018-12-01 : 09:10

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