Russian President Vladimir Putin Moscow hosted the leaders of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in Moscow on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Collective Security Treaty Organization to which they belong. According to the official statement, the politicians had to document their cooperation. They also took pictures, incl. behind the table. Western journalists paid attention to the way they were seated, more precisely the table itself.

It has long been known that Vladimir Putin likes to separate his interlocutors. The same was the case with French President Emmanuel Macron. Pictures of the dictator sitting at the brutal oval table quickly became the subject of jokes on social media.

Now the famous Putin long table is back, with just a different version. “Long, but round this time,” Insider writes. In fact, you can see in the photographs that the leaders were sitting very far away.

Earlier media reported that Putin was staying away out of fear for his health. Apparently, this paranoid fear started during the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Guardian described, the dictator remained isolated during the pandemic. Although he was vaccinated three times, at the beginning of 2022 people who were allowed to meet him had to undergo a two-week quarantine.

In contrast, Putin did not keep such a great distance during the meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing (media speculated that it was about emphasizing the importance of the alliance) or, more recently, on Victory Day Parade in Moscow.

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After the CSTO meeting, Russian propaganda flaunts photos of a smiling Putin. Recently The world’s media regularly publish reports about his possible diseases, Hence perhaps the desire to cut speculation. The Kremlin asserts that the Russian leader is in good health.

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Source: Insider, AFP, PAP, The Guardian

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CSTO meeting in MoscowMichael Klementiev / Sputnik / Krimml / Bab
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