Vladimir Putin is the figure that concentrates all eyes. How did Obama see him? I read in his memoirs, A Promised Land, how his first meeting was, in 2009.
The American president acknowledges that Putin was “truly popular.” His power “was not based on mere extortion, it was rooted in the promise to return to mother Russia her past glory in order to alleviate the sense of chaos and humiliation of the last two decades.”
Obama tested the ground beginning by asking him how he saw relations between Russia and the US Putin took the floor in the form of a monologue and spoke for 45 minutes in a row complaining about the arrogance, contempt and betrayals of the Americans towards their country. The meeting was supposed to last an hour, but it was two.