Cablegate Chronicles: Kirchner Ditches Putin

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A U.S. ambassador evaluates Argentine President Nestor Kirchner's "K-Style" governance methods.


FROM: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
TO: STATE DEPARTMENT
DATE: JUNE 29, 2006
CLASSIFICATION: CONFIDENTIAL
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President Kirchner is not skilled at international diplomacy and often ignores basic protocol. Kirchner's gaffes with foreign dignitaries are legendary. In June 2004, Kirchner left Russian leader Vladimir Putin waiting at the Moscow airport for a meeting that never happened, reportedly because Cristina Kirchner wanted to spend more time shopping at their previous stop in Prague. The GOA claimed that "bad weather" had delayed their takeoff when weather reports showed sunny conditions in Prague.

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