Royalty, the pope, and now Trump _ Putin makes everyone wait

 
 
Posted7/16/2018 7:00 AM
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  • Russia's new ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov, background righ escorts Russian President Vladimir Putin as he disembarks the plane at Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. Putin arrived for his summit with US President Donald Trump. (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

    Russia's new ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov, background righ escorts Russian President Vladimir Putin as he disembarks the plane at Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. Putin arrived for his summit with US President Donald Trump. (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP) Associated Press

  • U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018.

    U.S. President Donald Trump, left, and Russian President Vladimir Putin shake hand at the beginning of a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this June 24, 2003 file photo Russian President, Vladimir Putin, stands by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II before they enter Buckingham Palace, London.

    FILE - In this June 24, 2003 file photo Russian President, Vladimir Putin, stands by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II before they enter Buckingham Palace, London. Associated Press

  • FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2014 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, northern Italy. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool photo via AP,file)

    FILE - In this Oct. 17, 2014 file photo German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi arrive for a meeting on the sidelines of the ASEM summit of European and Asian leaders in Milan, northern Italy. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/pool photo via AP,file) Associated Press

HELSINKI -- Famous for his tardiness at official talks, President Vladimir Putin did it again Monday - to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Putin long has sought to meet with Trump, but the Russian leader was 35 minutes late to arrive at their closely watched summit in the Finnish capital.

The delay followed a long tradition set since Putin's first election in 2000.

Famous victims of his lack of punctuality included Britain's Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Francis among many others.

In 2014, he was hours late for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after his previous stop in Serbia lasted longer than usual, involving a protracted military parade.

Some Kremlin watchers saw Putin's lack of punctuality as a deliberate tactic of trying to throw his vis-a-vis off balance, but others pointed out that it appears to be more of a personal trait than a well-calculated strategy.

Putin is also chronically late for official events in Moscow, often because he lets preceding meetings run longer than expected.

He often holds meetings in late evenings and starts his days relatively late.

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