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Turkey President Tayyip Erdogan keeps Vladimir Putin waiting while camera captures his ’embarrassment’

By wasmulhaq 
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New Delhi: Before talks in Tehran on July 19, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan had his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin wait and fumble for 50 seconds, which led the Turkish media to compare it to the times Putin made other world leaders wait. In 2020, in Moscow, Erdogan was kept waiting for around two minutes by the Russian leader before a meeting.

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“Hello, how are you, good?” Erdogan said as they exchanged smiles and handshakes.

Earlier, Vladimir Putin suggested that Europe would once again receive gas through a key pipeline, but he also issued a warning that flows would be severely constrained unless a dispute over parts that had been sanctioned was resolved. Europe is anxiously awaiting the conclusion of Thursday’s scheduled maintenance on the Nord Stream pipeline to learn whether gas shipments will resume. The most direct warning to date came from Putin, who stated that Moscow intended to restart at least some flows.

Putin cautioned that if a sanction-affected pipeline component isn’t transported back to Russia, the link might only function at 20 percent of its potential as early as next week since another component that is already there needs to be moved there for maintenance. The turbine is now travelling from Canada back to Germany after Germany’s frantic diplomatic efforts.

“If another comes, two will operate. If not, just one, so 30 million cubic metres will be pumped per day,” Putin told reporters after a summit in Iran late Tuesday.

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