Hearty handshake between Putin and Saudi crown prince goes viral

Geraldine Edwards
December 1, 2018

This year the U.S. imposed $250 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports and Mr Trump has threatened there may be more on the way in the New Year.

Mr. Trump for his part has so far kept his distance from both Putin and the crown prince at the G-20.

Several states, including the USA and Canada, have already issued sanctions against the Saudi agents involved in the killing but strong suspicions remain over the Saudi crown prince's role in the death.

In a seemingly awkward and tense exchange, Macron pressed bin Salman on the Khashoggi investigation and the Saudi-backed war in Yemen.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Mohammed later exchanged a high-five and a handshake and laughed heartily as they took seats next to each other in the main meeting room.

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Khashoggi, an opinion writer for the Washington Post who was at one time a Saudi royal insider before becoming a critic of the leadership, was killed by lethal injection and dismembered by a group of Saudi men sent from the kingdom.

The French presidency said that Macron spoke to the prince about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi Arabian-led offensive in Yemen, where millions are on the brink of starvation.

The killing of Khashoggi has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and battered Prince Mohammed's image overseas.

In the video, the French President can clearly be heard saying "I am worried" after the Crown Prince tells him not to be concerned.

Khashoggi's killing has sparked widespread outrage but Western powers have pledged to maintain close relations with Saudi Arabia, a top oil producer and buyer of United States weapons.

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It is thought the prince's other notable meeting in Argentina will be with Russia's President Putin.

One of the leaders Mr Putin was scheduled to have more formal bi-lateral talks with was German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Missing the summit's opening and traditional G20 "family photo" of heads of state and government on Friday was German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was delayed by more than 12 hours due to technical problem on her plane.

With such a keen focus on the US President's trade policies, Mr Trump started the summit with what he certainly considers a win.

It also now looks as though Mr Putin will meet with President Donald Trump, despite Mr Trump appearing to cancel those plans in a series of tweets 24 hours ago.

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