I wouldnt read too much in to this , happened all the time from BOTH sides playing , what amounts to childish games , during the Soviet era . We are talking decades of playground crap , like two bullies talking a lot of sh*t to each other , but neither being willing to throw down . One of the things that makes Putin so dangerous , is that he is intelligent , shrewd , and can successfully read the personalities of world leaders . Every time Obama meets with him , Obama gets screwed , and doesnt know it until its too late , Putin makes a monkey out of him . Putin also knew Bush was a complete moron . The west has very few leaders that are Putins equal right now , you can count them on one hand . Merkel may be one , but she does not have the ruthless instinct ………that will be a liability .