The summit in Kazakhstan was supposed to be an environment for Putin to feel comfortable. However, instead, the head of the Russian Federation had to salivate fingers and stand in one place. Again. On 13 October, the Russian dictator expected to meet with the Turkish president at the VI Summit of interaction and confidence-building measures in Asia. However, Erdogan lingered, and Putin, deciding to read his speech, spat on his fingers and wiped them on the same sheet of paper with his words.
It later became known that the emir of Qatar, sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also came at the wrong time to meet with Putin. Although the sheikh flew first to the summit. A day later, Recep Erdogan’s plane landed at Astana airport. President of Kazakhstan, Kassym Toqaev, met both heads of state. Putin was left without a warm welcome from Toqaev. Deutsche Welle reported this.
It should be noted that earlier such behaviour was inherent to Putin. He humiliated world politicians forcing them to wait for the meeting:
- Queen of Great Britain — 14 minutes;
- King Juan Carlos of Spain — 20 minutes;
- US President Barack Obama — 40 minutes;
- Pope Francis — 50 minutes;
- Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych — more than 3 hours;
- German chancellor Angela Merkel — 1 hour.
Now the situation has changed. It is likely that Putin has lost respect and is now in perpetual waiting. Only from the beginning of the autumn were the heads of Azerbaijan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey, and others late to meet with him.