Putin revealed serious illness in Turkey. His foreign minister slipped and broke his arm
3 December 2012, 23:04
The results of a short Putin's visit to Turkey - his first visit abroad after months - was devastating for Russia's stability. International media focused attention on the visit not only because of the content but due to Putin's deteriorating illness.
BBC News Russian Service reported that Putin had severe back pains, to the point that Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan came to his rescue helping feeble and seriously sick Putin to take a seat in a chair.
Turkish news agency DHA reports that the topic of Putin's "back pain" was the first on the agenda . As soon as the leaders shook hands and sat down for talks, Putin, answering a direct question by Turkish prime minister about his health condition, only advised him to go in for sports. This episode is missing in summary of Putin's visit to Turkey distributed by Russian news agencies.
Formally, Putin took part in Istanbul at a third annual meeting of the High Level Cooperation Council. Then the sides held close and expanded talks, and the results were told to reporters.
Meanwhile, Putin's visit to Turkey was painful not only for Putin but also for his criminal foreign minister Lavrov. Painful in the direct meaning of the word. The thug slipped and fell down on the stairs in his hotel. The thug rolled over several times and broke his arm, according to Turkish news agencies.
The main issue during the talks was Syria. And judging by comments from Putin and Erdogan, no agreement was reached on it. Each of them remained on his opinion.
Meanwhile, a protest rally against Putin's visit was held in Istanbul. The rally was organized by an NGO, Imkander, which represents the interests of Caucasian refugees, and also by another NGO, Ozgur-Der.
Demonstrators gathered near the Russian consulate with posters and banners condemning the Putin's regime for crimes in the Caucasus and support of the bloody Assad's regime in Syria.