Mikheil Saakashvili, then president of Georgia, said that Vladimir Putin looked on Schroeder as a trophy. Once, during a CIS summit, Putin was showing his guests, the leaders of the former Soviet republics, around his residence near St. Petersburg, Constantine Palace. Putin took them to the wine cellar, where, as if by chance, they stumbled upon Gerhard Schroeder. Putin beckoned to the former German leader, asked him to propose a toast, and then let him go, says Saakashvili. “Imagine my surprise when one year later Schroeder popped up in exactly the same place and repeated his performance. This time, however, Putin was trying to impress guests of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.”
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