The first long-awaited meeting between the two presidents has, naturally, received a lot of attention in the Russian media. Even before it started, Russian media outlets tried to decipher the hidden meanings behind Putin and Trump’s body language, trying to determine who won the non-verbal power contest. Fortunately, Putin seems to have been prepared for the Trump handshake that has become somewhat of a meme.
“What did Trump and Putin talk about after all? (Spoiler: hell if we know)” — this headline summarizes most of what Russian media can, or rather can’t, tell about the actual exchange. Some nuggets of information, though, filtered through the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He claims that, during a lengthy debate, Putin successfully refuted allegations of Russian involvement in the U.S. elections, and Trump does not intend to bring the issue up again.
With no details released about Ukraine, Russian media now warily await what Trump’s new man in Kiev, Kurk Volker, is going to tell Poroshenko.