Putin’s ridiculously long table in the Kremlin dwarfed by gigantic table at summit he attended in Turkmenistan
Russian President Vladimir Putin met other heads of state on Wednesday at a massive table in Turkmenistan that eclipsed a comically long table in the Kremlin which previously captured worldwide attention.
Meeting with the leaders of Turkmenistan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan, Putin sat away from other leaders at a massive rectangular table as they discussed cooperation in the Caspian Sea region, the Kremlin said.
According to Turkmenistan governmentthe 6th Caspian Summit was held at the “Luxurious Arkadag Hotel”.
But before the meeting took place in what the Turkmenistan Foreign Ministry calls the “big conference room”, there was a more intimate meeting in the hotel’s “small conference room”.
It didn’t take long for photos of the large rectangular table to go viral on social media.
Anton Gerashchenko, adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, tweeted a photo of the table under a much smaller table used by heads of state at this week’s G7 summit in Germany.
Various journalists also tweeted their thoughts and made jokes about the table.
It’s not the first time Putin has sat at larger than average sized tables for meetings, but the one in Turkmenistan certainly eclipses the others.
He previously met the French President Emmanuel Macron in February at a 13-foot-long table in Moscow, and the Kremlin released the same table for a meeting with the UN secretary general Antonio Guterres a few months later.
Russian state media even broadcast Putin’s meeting with other world leaders at a “long but round” table in May one step away from the long.