Russia Profile: What happens in Yalta

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July 17, 2012, 8:56 a.m. |

Vladimir Putin’s snub of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych caused a diplomatic stir.

President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Ukraine last week came off without a hitch – though it depends on whom you ask. Not only did Ukraine fail to renegotiate what it perceives to be a sky-high price for gas during a summit in Yalta, but Putin also embarrassed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych by showing up to the event four hours late. 

The incident spurred outrage on behalf of a slew of Ukrainian officials, raising old concerns that Moscow simply isn’t taking its Ukrainian partner seriously.

Putin headed to Crimea on Thursday to meet Yanukovych at Yalta’s storied Livadia Palace, the former summer retreat for Tsar Nicholas II, the site of the 1945 Yalta Conference and the consummate meeting place for international summits in Ukraine. 

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