The Huffington Post reports that the July 28 issue of The New Yorker, which is available online now, covers closely Vice President Joe Biden‘s foreign policy work. And that foreign policy work includes a very interesting exchange he says he had with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
While talking to the magazine, Biden recalled visiting Putin in 2011 when Putin was still the Prime Minister of Russia. His story was likely a reference to former President George W. Bush’s comments that he looked into Putin’s eyes and “saw his soul.” Biden, however — well, Biden saw things a little differently:
To illustrate his emphasis on personality as a factor in foreign affairs, Biden recalled visiting Putin at the Kremlin in 2011: “I had an interpreter, and when he was showing me his office I said, ‘It’s amazing what capitalism will do, won’t it? A magnificent office!’ And he laughed. As I turned, I was this close to him.” Biden held his hand a few inches from his nose. “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul.’ ”
“And he looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’”
Well, I can add that to the mounting list of evidence verifying my suspicion that Putin is, indeed, a modern incarnation of Koschei the Deathless.
You can read the rest of The New Yorker‘s piece online here.
h/t Huffington Post