February 7, 2014
US President Barack Obama has denied having an “icy” relationship with Vladimir Putin and described the Russian leader’s tough guy image as part of his “shtick.”
“I wouldn’t call it icy. The truth of the matter is that when we are in meetings there are a lot of exchanges, there’s a surprising amount of humor, and a lot of give and take,” Obama said in an interview with NBC television.
US-Russian relations hit a low when Obama canceled a visit to Moscow following Russia’s decision to grant asylum to the fugitive intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden in August. Ties also deteriorated over the war in Syria and Iran’s nuclear activities.
The US president said Putin understands the importance of working with Washington on areas of mutual concern and has always treated him with the utmost respect.
This article was posted: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 12:30 pm