Vladimir Putin


Russia's President Vladimir Putin arrives for a ceremony to hand over... News PhotoArrival,Ceremony,Diplomacy,Hand,Horizontal,International Landmark,Kremlin,Moscow - Russia,Politics,Russia,Vladimir PutinPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPRussia's President Vladimir Putin (2nd R) arrives for a ceremony to hand over the diplomatic credentials at the Kremlin in Moscow, on October 23, 2013. The year 2013 was officially supposed to be one of cultural exchange to highlight the friendship between Russia and the Netherlands whose friendship dates back to the 1697 Peter the Great's visit. But lately, the relations between Russia and the Netherlands have deteriorated over last month Moscow's arrest of the 30-member crew of a Dutch-flagged Greenpeace ship, the brief detention of a Russian diplomat in the Netherlands, the assault on a senior Dutch diplomat in his Moscow apartment and the Russian embassy flat break-in at The Hague. AFP PHOTO / POOL/ MAXIM SHEMETOV (Photo credit should read MAXIM SHEMETOV/AFP/Getty Images)