During the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin did everything they could to ignore one another, however afterwards they were secretly filmed having a conversation.
World leaders all met in France despite the current geopolitical crisis, and Putin stood with other leaders who all oppose his current agenda in the Ukraine, including Obama.
As speculation over whether or not the pair would talk, the White House later confirmed that they had a conversation for around “10 to 15 minutes” after they went inside the building for the luncheon.
“President Obama and President Putin did speak with each other on the margins of the leader’s lunch,” his assistant Ben Rhodes said. “It was an informal conversation – not a formal bilateral meeting.”
The video that was captured by the French government shows the two smiling at first before their conversation turns to a more serious tone.
Friday afternoon, the White House released a read out of the conversation, which said Obama warned Putin that the “de-escalation” of sanctions against his home country “depends upon Russia recognizing President-elect Poroshenko as the legitimate leader of Ukraine, ceasing support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, and stopping the provision of arms and materiel across the border.”