How the Kremlin span the on again off again Trump-Putin meeting

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 04:17:26 PM. The meeting that did not happen could have been a symbolic coup for Moscow. Lavrov’s anger was understandable.
Share Opinion This article first appeared on the Wilson Center site. Russian and American media covering last week’s Asia-Pacific summit in Vietnam treated their respective audiences to two very different plots with barely overlapping storylines. Whereas the U.S. media focused on what President Donald Trump said about his Russian counterpart and the U.S. intelligence agencies, the Russian media presented a tense narrative of a summit meeting between Trump and Putin that almost fell through but went on to a happy conclusion, all obstacles notwithstanding. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now Moscow wanted the two presidents to meet to bank a foreign policy profit in Syria. The previously agreed-on joint statement on Syria indeed contained some important, if not tectonic, advances in the two countries’ joint anti-terrorist action in the region. But all of these news items were drowned out by the tidal wave of media coverage focused, inevitably, on the most toxic aspects of the relationship between the two countries. As most of the English-speaking readers are familiar with the American media coverage, I hope to provide a glimpse into the kind of treatment Russian media outlets were giving the latest installment of the Putin-Trump saga. On learning that the White House was not confirming a formal sit-down with Trump, the Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov did not hide his dismay. “We have heard about President Trump’s willingness to meet President Putin, a...Read more
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