The first meeting between Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama after the annexation of Crimea took place in an informal setting at the D-Day landing 70th anniversary. The two exchanged words for 10-15 minutes after a group picture was taken.
The general feeling was that both Putin and Obama did all that they could in order to avoid each other. However, once they had to go inside, this was no longer possible.
Before the D-Day commemorations lunch between world readers, Putin also met Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine’s elected president. This is the first meeting between the two since Poroshenko’s election in Ukraine.
At the moment there are no plans for an official meeting between Poroshenko and Putin.
According to president Barack Obama, on the first meeting he would have with Putin he would mention that a new path needs to be taken with the relationship that Russia has with Ukraine. He added:
“If he does not, if he continues a strategy of undermining the sovereignty of Ukraine, then we have no choice but to respond. “
The violence in Ukraine is on the minds of all people attending the gathering that took place in Normandy. According to Ukraining officials, the fights between the pro-Russian rebels and the Ukrainian government already show 200 fatalities.