David Cameron, Vladimir Putin square off for tough talks on Syria, then head to judo
Posted by satyrikon στο Αύγουστος 2, 2012
LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron was meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin for talks in London on Thursday and things are guaranteed to come to blows.
Judo blows, that is.
The two leaders, who have squared off over the world’s response to the violence in Syria, were to hold discussions at Cameron’s Downing Street home before heading to the London Olympics to see judo matches, the Russian leader’s beloved sport.
However, Cameron’s latest bout of Olympic diplomacy appears likely to focus on boosting trade, rather persuading Moscow to stop sheltering Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime from tougher international action.
The visit by Putin, an honorary president of the International Judo Federation, is his first to Britain since he was reinstalled as Russia’s chief in May, and follows talks with Cameron on the sidelines of May’s G-20 meeting in Mexico.
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