‘ The Cold shoulder War’
The international media had a field day capturing the tension and posturing at the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, as Russia-West ties hit their lowest point since the Cold War over the dispute over Ukraine.
The icy personal relations Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Barack Obama were clearly visible.
In one dramatic picture, Mr Putin shoots a sideways glance at Mr Obama before offering a friendly pat on the back. The two have not seen one another since June at the D-Day invasion anniversary in France
Washington had publicly asked Moscow not to get involved in the turmoil occurring in Ukraine months ago, but Putin ignored the request. In Beijing, he tried to chat with his US counterpart, but those present say that Obama was icy and kept his responses brief.
At the group photo-shoot, the US President appeared in no mood to break the ice with his Russian counterpart, and even looked away when the two crossed paths.