Seems like the talking point that Obama and Putin should avoid meeting for the sake of meetings has become pretty popular both in White House Kremlin:
- My RIA column on Aug. 1, urging cancellation of the Moscow summit " it is best that the
- two leaders (Obama and Putin) refrain from meeting for the sake of meeting."
Obama's aide Ben Rhodes on Aug. 7 on cancellation of the Moscow meeting: "We just don't want to have a summit for the sake of having a summit."
- Vladimir Putin on Oct.8 in Bali: “I do not think that meetings should be held just for the sake of meeting."