At a gathering of world leaders in Benouville, France to commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, relations between the American and Russian leaders remained frosty.
President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin deliberately avoided each other at the photo session on the steps of the chateau, but did speak privately on the sidelines at the luncheon, for 10 to 15 minutes, the Washington Post reported.
French President Francois Hollande made every effort during the day-long ceremonies to prevent any awkward encounters, and by all accounts succeeded.
When the two leaders did meet, for the first time since Putin annexed the Crimean Peninsula, they discussed lessening tensions over Ukraine, according to Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“Putin and Obama spoke for the need to end violence and fighting as quickly as possible,” he said.
The American president has described his relationship with the Russian strongman as “businesslike,” and repeatedly stated that Putin will be judged by his actions and not by his words.
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