Testy relations: Why Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin will never get along.
The cover said it all: Barack Obama and Vladimir Putin meeting at a G20 summit in Mexico in mid-2012, and again last year at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland. The American and Russian presidents seemed to vie to see who could look the most bored and fed up. It is perhaps as well that Mr Obama cancelled his next meeting with Mr Putin and will not attend the winter Olympics in Sochi next week. In her new book Angela Stent, of Georgetown University, quotes Mr Putin as saying, “I don’t agree with his arguments and he doesn’t agree with mine.”