Obama, Putin Have Three Quick Meetings at APEC Summit

Cameras caught the two leaders crossing paths.

Putin’s spokesman said the two leaders “have managed to use pauses at the summit several times to talk. They focused on the issues of bilateral relations, the situation around Ukraine, Syria and Iran.”

Cameras caught the two leaders crossing paths on the sidelines of the APEC Summit, as they came first face-to-face for the first time since June. At times, their interactions appeared friendly. At one point, Putin even reached out to pat Obama on the shoulder.

The Kremlin even released a rare photo of Putin smiling as Obama greeted him before the APEC class photo.

Other moments, however, revealed the signature tension between the two leaders.