VIDEO: Putin Flexes on Merkel, Macron. Brings Home the Point They Can’t Have a Libya Conference Without Him

So much about 'isolated Russia'

Merkel wanted to have this and EU-sanctioned Putin dropped by as a favor to make it possible. Then made sure they knew he understood his importance to the event and the solid he was doing for her

Leaders gathering for Libya peace talks in Berlin attempted to take a group photo as the summit got underway, but the photo-op was momentarily delayed as no one could seem to find Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The awkward ‘Where’s Putin?’ moment was captured on video as other leaders shuffled around trying to locate the Russian president.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looked particularly perturbed by Putin’s absence, turning around to look for him multiple times and pointing toward the empty spot where he should have been standing.

French President Emmanuel Macron then joined the search, looking off to the sidelines before beckoning toward the Russian leader who had finally emerged on the scene. Putin wasn’t the only one to show up late, however, as Italian PM Giuseppe Conte walked in with him.

The Berlin talks are aimed at securing a lasting ceasefire in Libya’s civil war, which has been raging between the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) headed by PM Fayez al-Sarraj, and a rival government led by General Khalifa Haftar and his Libyan National Army.

The Sunday summit is a continuation of talks that began last week in Moscow hosted by the Russian and Turkish governments, which managed to bring the warring sides to the table.

Source: RT

It was also Moscow which insisted leaders of warring Libyan faction be invited. The EU leaders had the bizarre idea of hosting a conference on Libya’s future without Libyans:

The Libya peace conference could have ended differently, had Russia not pushed for inviting the leaders of the two major Libyan warring factions to the meeting, the FM said.

“It was due to our insistence that the conference organizers abandon their initial idea of convening the conference without the Libyan parties.”

He also added that Moscow had advocated the idea of expanding the circle of the conference participants to include Libya’s regional neighbors, which was eventually accepted by other nations.

Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of the UN-backed Tripoli-based government, and General Khalifa Haftar, the commander of the Libyan National Army, which controls most part of the country, took part in the summit alongside the leaders of Russia, Germany, France and the UK as well as the US Secretary of State.

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Trap Is Not Gay
Trap Is Not Gay
3 months ago

Putin is the best president by far.

1) Russia banned George Soros

2) Russia banned dual-citizens in Politics

3) Closed borders

4) Central bank belongs to Russia

5) Asked Russian people to have children instead of importing immigrants

6) Enforce religion

The Globalist
The Globalist
3 months ago

Those are good points. Many countries have lost the ability to control their own destinies.

Frank Williams
Frank Williams
3 months ago

WoW! Big news there Anti-Emp…kosher puppet God Emperor Puntang late for a photo shoot…what an earth-shattering scoop….

Pablo Rivera
Pablo Rivera
3 months ago

Hmm, the USA is not represented? Why could it be?

thomas malthaus
thomas malthaus
3 months ago
Reply to  Pablo Rivera

Pompeo was in the picture. Haftar is their asset.

Frank Williams
Frank Williams
3 months ago

You mean the jUN and the jUS control both sides? To hell ya say.,…

temujin1970
temujin1970
3 months ago

Western arrogance on full display. Lets have a conference about Libyan peace but lets not invite the libyan’s. They simply cannot get over the fact that they no longer weald the power that they once did. Putin (A true leader) is thankfully giving them a reality check.

Frank Williams
Frank Williams
3 months ago
Reply to  temujin1970

Kosher puppet God Emperor Puntang, ja, hokhay….

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