A handshake with POTUS Donald Trump has attracted special attention since cameras also captured a thumbs-up gesture Vladimir Putin made afterwards, before moving on to greet US First Lady Melania and returning to his place.
Путин и Трамп в Париже: Та самая встреча «на полях» pic.twitter.com/eABQYblWRO— Дмитрий Смирнов (@dimsmirnov175) 11 ноября 2018 г.
Conspiracy theories and eternal contemplations on them were most naturally brought up:
“CNN will definitely report that encrypted messages were exchanged,” one user wrote in Russian.
Путин и Трамп поздоровались в Париже.— Бяка.ПрЫнц.Не женат. (@3i6pnO8LnZqRwG9) 11 ноября 2018 г.
CNN скажет, что произошел обмен шифровок. pic.twitter.com/7POQ8iYDra
“No accusations will hopefully come along: shook hands, gave a smile – that would automatically mean enrolment….and new sanctions will pour in, yet another round,” another stated tongue-in-cheek.
A different netizen suggested a name for the video that he deemed to be appropriate: “a clip on how to wear a poker face in whatever complicated situation.”
“What news! When should we expect new sanctions?” another wrote, echoing the same rhetoric.
“An event of a grand international scale,” one satirically remarked.
“Master has appointed me to be his favourite wife,” chimed in another, quoting a line from a well-known Soviet-era film “White Sun of the Desert.”
“Putin ran to thank Trump – for sanctions,” another user suggested, while others took note of Trump failing to shake hands with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who was standing in a higher row.
“Trump? Putin didn’t do that either!” another commented.
"Excatly that same meeting 'on the sidelines'," a different Twitterian butted in.
Путин и Трамп в Париже: Та самая встреча «на полях» pic.twitter.com/SsfHG936my— ПРАВДИВАЯ ПРАВДА (@Pravdiva_pravda) 11 ноября 2018 г.
Several users instantly took note of Putin, not just giving Trump a hearty handshake, but also a thumbs-up and a pat on the shoulder, before reaching out to greet Melania.
"We're anticipating breathtaking analysis from our American colleagues," one noted.
Путин показал Трампу большой палец 👍 и похлопал по плечу. Ждём захватывающей аналитики от американских коллег pic.twitter.com/8H59gy8UFp— Кремлевский пул РИА (@Kremlinpool_RIA) 11 ноября 2018 г.
As many as 70 world leaders arrived on Sunday at Paris’ Arc de Triomphe for an official ceremony to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the armistice that ceased the fighting during World War I, before the bloodshed was officially brought to an end by The Treaty of Versailles the following year, on 11 November 1919.