‘They also serve those who just stand and wait’ is a proverb Vladimir Putin could relate to after he hung on before shaking hands with his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a video that went viral .
During his visit to Tehran, Iran on Tuesday, the Russian president entered a room expecting Erdogan to be right behind him. Instead, Putin stood alone for about 50 seconds amid the roar of cameras from the media contingent in front of him.
Putin began to fidget and look increasingly embarrassed as he waited for Erdogan to finally come in and greet him in a clip which as of Wednesday morning had received over 3.1 million views.
Some have speculated that Erdogan sought to give the Russian leader a taste of his own medicine during the meeting in which the pair discussed Syria and allowed grain blocked by Russia from leave Ukrainian ports.
The Turkish leader has fallen victim to Putin’s well-known penchant for keeping world leaders waiting. Ahead of a 2020 meeting in Moscow, Erdogan ended up sitting out due to Putin being late.
“Those 50 seconds Erdogan made Putin wait, looking exhausted in front of the cameras, speaks volumes about how much has changed after Ukraine,” journalist Joyce Karam tweeted. She said it was “a sweet reward” for Erdogan who “was humiliated by Putin” as he kept him waiting “in a power game in Russia”.
While patience is a virtue, some have speculated that Putin is deliberately keeping world leaders waiting as part of a psychological ploy from which no one is exempt.
In June 2015 Putin showed up an hour late for his meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, while in 2018 he made former President Donald Trump wait 45 minutes before a scheduled summit in Helsinki.
However, during these incidents, Putin was relatively punctual compared to the more than four hours he made former German Chancellor Angela Merkel wait in 2014 and former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych two years earlier, according to Radio Free. Europe. Queen Elizabeth II had to wait almost a quarter of an hour to meet Putin in 2003.
Even Putin’s ex-wife, Lyudmila Putina, said that on their first dates he would always be late and that “an hour and a half was normal”. The Guardian reported.
It’s not like Putin lacks expensive watches to keep track of the times, as he has a collection of watches worth around $700,000.
There is speculation as to why the right-handed Putin wears these watches on his right wrist, whose lack of movement during the visit to Tehran on Tuesday added to rumors about his health.