Vladimir Putin had the last word over Joe Biden — and it shows the future is rooted in the past
Vladimir Putin quoted Tolstoy after his summit with Joe Biden: “There’s no happiness in life, only a mirage of it on the horizon.”
Analysts have spent days since puzzling over what he meant.
Putin did add that we should cherish that glimpse of happiness. He was referring as much to trust as happiness, adding that while there was no “family trust” between the US and Russia, in the meeting with Biden “the silent lightnings of it actually flashed by”.
Make of that what you will. Putin has been here before. He has seen off Presidents Bush, Obama and Trump — all of whom wanted a “reset” with Russia.
Putin is still here and, if anything, is more powerful at home and abroad. He has revived Russian influence in the world — not always entirely legitimately and by force.