New data released by the Kremlin has revealed the number of phone calls made to world leaders by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The list of 31 world leaders leaders and heads of state has given an insight into the political and diplomatic relations of Russia by revealing which world leader were personally contacted by President Putin. The list includes a number of Western and European countries such as David Cameron and Barrack Obama, as well as leaders of Former Soviet-Union nations and other world leaders.
Topping the list in the last 9 months is German chancellor Angela Merkel, who German-fluent Putin contacted 35 times.
Leading the list for nations within the Caucasus was Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was contacted personally 7 times by the President Putin. Also on the list was Armenia’s Serzh Sargasyan, contacted twice, and Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev who was called just once.
The list also confirms Russia’s poor diplomatic relations with Georgia following the 2008 Russian invasion of Georgia. Georgian Presdient Giorgi Margvelashvili was not contacted at all by the office of President Putin, according to the data.
The list also indicates Russia’s political involvement with European and Former-Soviet nations, with leaders of EU and FSU nations topping the list. According to the list only two African leader (South Africa’s Jacob Zuma and Egypt’s Abdel Fattah al-Sisi) have been contacted this year, as well as a small number of Asian leaders.
The most recent call made was to Ukrainian President Petro Porosehnko, who was called by Putin to discuss ceasefires in the country.