By all appearances, U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin don’t care much for each other. Putin reportedly has concluded he cannot work with Obama and will wait for a new U.S. president in 2017. Looking at the field of candidates, that would seem a major miscalculation — a miscalculation that Putin has made before.
The relationship between the two got off to a bad start in 2009. On the eve of his first presidential visit to Moscow, Obama told the press that Putin “has one foot in the old ways of doing business.” At their meeting, then-Prime Minister …read more