It has not been a good week for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This week, aside from the progress Ukraine has made in the Kharkiv region, Putin met with Kyrgystan President Sadyr Japarov, and a video of him waiting on Japarov circulated like crazy. In the video, Putin arrived 30 seconds before Japarov, obviously feeling awkward as he pulled some cards from the table, looking out to the crowd. However, when Japarov arrived, Putin was all smiles, an unusual demeanor from the “hardcore” hubris manner he had in the past.
Putin is known for having other world leaders wait for him at press conferences, but Russia’s continued losses in Ukraine have left him on the other side, where he is the one who needs favors from other nations.
Putin was publicly humiliated again.