‘ The Cold shoul­der War’

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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.

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