BUENOS AIRES – If Saudi Arabia’s crown prince was worried about getting the cold shoulder from world leaders at the G-20 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave him a warm welcome.
In a moment that quickly went viral, Putin approached Mohammed bin Salman with a huge grin and held his hand high in the air. The crown prince responded by giving Putin a high-five that morphed into a handshake.
The gregarious greeting between the Russian president and the Saudi crown prince was like a car alarm blaring in a library, in a setting where handshakes and subtle body language are closely parsed for meaning. It lasted only seconds but Putin and the crown prince – both known for ruthlessly repressing their critics – seemed almost gleeful at their encounter as they took seats next to each other at the meeting.
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