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Putin and Poroshenko on holiday

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Putin and Poroshenko on holiday

<p>Russian President Vladimir Putin stripped to his waist to brave the cold waters of a mountain lake as part of a three-day fishing and hunting trip in the Siberian wilderness.</p> <p>Pictures and video footage released by the Kremlin show Putin – who is also keen on martial arts and ice hockey – spear-fishing, swimming and sunbathing alongside Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align"=center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Gone fishing: Russia’s Vladimir Putin bares chest on Siberian lake trip <a href="https://t.co/PZDplOZmSo">https://t.co/PZDplOZmSo</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/TOIWorld"><code>TOIWorld</a> <a href="https://t.co/PYHQU2rgCW">pic.twitter.com/PYHQU2rgCW</a></p>— Times of India (</code>timesofindia) <a href="https://twitter.com/timesofindia/status/893781126950432768">5 août 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>“The water in the lake doesn’t get any warmer than 17 degrees,” said <strong>Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov</strong>, “but this did not stop the president from going for a swim.”</p> <p>“He went hunting underwater with a mask and snorkel. The president chased after one pike for two hours, there was no way he could shoot it, but in the end he got what he wanted.”</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Putin spent two hours chasing giant pike in one of the lakes in Tyva Republic during his brief Siberian vacation <a href="https://t.co/dKaudvbJsf">https://t.co/dKaudvbJsf</a> <a href="https://t.co/MYvaBeoM1U">pic.twitter.com/MYvaBeoM1U</a></p>— RT (@RT_com) <a href="https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/893781491389542401">5 août 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3><strong>Where did Putin go on holiday?</strong></h3> <p>In the republic of Tyva in southern Siberia. It is on the Mongolian border, around 3,700 kilometres east of Moscow.</p> <h3><strong>Putin’s ‘strongman’ image</strong></h3> <p>The 64-year-old is renowned for his strong-man publicity stunts, which have contributed to his sky-high popularity ratings.</p> <p>The trip comes eight months before Russia’s presidential election next March.</p> <p>Putin has yet to announce he will stand but he is widely expected to run and win.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Putin takes a short break to spearfish, hike & sunbathe (<span class="caps">PHOTOS</span>, <span class="caps">VIDEOS</span>) <a href="https://t.co/dKaudvbJsf">https://t.co/dKaudvbJsf</a> <a href="https://t.co/ZcGyf6537F">pic.twitter.com/ZcGyf6537F</a></p>— RT (@RT_com) <a href="https://twitter.com/RT_com/status/893701534973915136">5 août 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <h3><strong>Petro Poroshenko</strong></h3> <p>The Ukrainian president marked his annual holiday by going for a spin in a fighter jet.</p> <p>Petro Poroshenko revealed in July that Kyiv would begin discussions to meet membership standards for jjoining <span class="caps">NATO</span> by 2020.</p> <p>Russia weighed in quickly and said the prospect of <span class="caps">NATO</span> membership for Ukraine would not promote stability and security in Europe.</p>