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The Indian Prime Minister and his Russian counterpart shake hands.

Every French-speaking person remembers the video "Sarko bourré" ("Sarkozy drunk") at the G8 Summit in 2007.

"Je Vous prie de m'excuser pour mon retard du à la longueur de mon dialogue Avec monsieur Poutine" – "I ask you to forgive me for being late, this is because of the length of my dialogue with Mister Putin," Sarkozy said, pale, breathing hard and without a trace of a smile." Journalists mockingly wrote that the meeting with Vladimir Putin was washed down with too much vodka, but analysts knew very much that Putin is almost a teetotaler.


This story dates back to the days when Mr Putin was fairly new on the world stage and Russia was a struggling nation. It was the G8 summit in Heiligendamm (2007), where both the world leaders had a personal dialogue. Mr Sarkozy is a known opportunist and was the first to start speaking. He started off with the murder of a well-known journalist, political activist Anna Politisakaya, the war in Chechnya, human rights, gay rights all of which irked Putin to the core. The monologue by Sarkozy took a few minutes, and during all this time, Vladimir Putin listened silently. Finally, Sarkozy paused. After an uncomfortably long silence, Putin spoke dryly and asked: "All right, have you finished?" Sarkozy was confused. "Then I'll explain," – Putin continued. "Your country is like this (he makes a gesture with his hands, showing small size), and my – like this (spreads arms widely). You keep talking to me like this and I'll crush you, or you'll change the tone and I will make you the king of Europe."

Putin continued while putting abusive, derogatory words and mainly using undiplomatic language in his speech. By the end of the meeting, Sarkozy was shocked. He left livid. He was mentally knocked out.


Ex French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his Russian counterpart at a meeting in 2015 in Moscow. Wikimedia


Vladimir Putin despises the preaching attitude of the West towards Russia. He wants them to respect Russia. With the Covid-19 pandemic raging throughout the globe, the epicentre of power seems to be shifting away from the United States. The European Union is struggling with its own unity and cooperation issues, China on the other hand is seen as an aggressor whereas the Russian Federation is seemingly stable.

Moreover with the withdrawal of the United States from Afghanistan and the subsequent takeover by the Taliban, puts India in the spotlight. It is high time for analysts and policymakers to re-consider Russia as a potential superpower and work on strengthening ties between the two nations.


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