Newsflash: Putin Smiles!

Dour Russian leader stuns APEC gathering with a broad grin

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) shortly before a family photo ahead of the gala dinner hosted for the leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on October 7, 2013.

Vladimir Putin’s facial expressions range from straight-faced to granite-faced. On the rarest of occasions, say when he’s snuggling a Bulgarian shepherd dog, he may indulge in a hint of a smile. But at this week’s APEC conference, Putin flashed a grin so big and wide, it rendered his face nearly unrecognizable.

The source of his amusement? The APEC tradition of donning clothing from the host country and gathering on stage for a fashion show. This year’s runway included Putin in bright green and Kerry in vivid purple. The colors may have clashed, but for once the U.S. and Russia appear to be getting along grandly.

[Washington Post]

17 comments
ecnu
ecnu

richard nixon

NirbijanNirvichara
NirbijanNirvichara

Putin smiles the world smiles. Putin talks the world listen holding its breath, Putin sneeze the world sending blessing and Obama tremble with fear.

That is the real face of World protector from insane  US - a mad monkey playing with a nuclear bomb

CharlesJones265
CharlesJones265

For the scapegoating he has done to cultural minorities in Russia, the stone face would be more reflective of his actual attitude

RobertBain
RobertBain

Hes smiling cause Russia has a lot of oil!

Openminded1
Openminded1

Sure he's smiling he made an ass out of the American President and a hero out of himself to his country and Syria. I am sure the Vodka he had been consuming did not hurt either. And of course those shirts would bring  a lot of laughter too.

Jessie90
Jessie90

@NirbijanNirvichara Speak English. You did witness the handshake between Obama and Putin right? Even body language experts concluded Putin looked submissive to the dominant Obama. Putin has little thing between his legs. Which is why he rides horses bareback, kills tigers, and has ancient vases planted in 2 meters of water for him to "discover."  He is one insecure hombre, which explains why he picks on girl bands.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@RobertBain Robert you really should do something about that condition, doctors can do wonders now.

Jessie90
Jessie90

@Openminded1  How has he made an ass out of the American President? The only reason Putin came crawling to the negotiation table was ue to Obama's gunboat diplomacy. He didnt want to appear as weak as he really is, by allowing US cruise missiles to streak over his rust buckets and pummel his ally. No US threat of action, then no Putin Present. And what kinda world leader begs another nations people not to attack through a newspaper Oped? I guess the same kind who has ridiculous staged photo ops of riding horses bareback.

tsar_simply_tsar
tsar_simply_tsar

@Jessie90 @NirbijanNirvichara  

<<experts concluded>>what experts? how concluded? who operates them? interest pursue whose?

<<kills tigers>>in what reality live?

Perhaps, in reality generated by “free” media(The wolf in sheep's skin)

Openminded1
Openminded1

@Jessie90 @Openminded1 There is no doubt some of what you say is correct, but in the case of Syria, he did end up looking like the hero, weather it was intentional or not he came out the top dog in the eyes of the world. he will always get the credit for being the peace keeper reference to that incident . Obama looked less then in charge and it appeared he did not have a handle on the what to do with the Syria issue. Obama is the one who looked weak, even Kerry had more on the ball then Obama.