Russian President Dimitry Medvedev and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi have featured heavily in the diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks.
But as the two men met in Sotchi they appeared unperturbed by the less than flattering portraits drawn of them.
“These leaks show the whole world the cynicism of the assessments and at times the judgments that prevail in the foreign policy of various states – in this case the US,” said Medvedev who later joked about what might happen should Russian cables be leaked.
Berlusconi defended himself against suggestions he might have benefited from energy deals with Moscow.
“In all these years, there has never been any personal interest, ever, on any occasion. We have all worked purely in the interests of our countries,” he said.
The cables highlight Washington’s concerns over Italian energy giant ENI which has major interests in Russia, including in the controversial South Stream gas pipeline.