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Royalty, the pope, and now Trump _ Putin makes everyone wait

July 16, 2018 GMT

              Russia's new ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov, background righ escorts Russian President Vladimir Putin as he disembarks the plane at Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. Putin arrived for his summit with US President Donald Trump. (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
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Russia's new ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov, background righ escorts Russian President Vladimir Putin as he disembarks the plane at Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. Putin arrived for his summit with US President Donald Trump. (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)
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Russia's new ambassador to Finland Pavel Kuznetsov, background righ escorts Russian President Vladimir Putin as he disembarks the plane at Helsinki airport in Vantaa, Finland, Monday, July 16, 2018. Putin arrived for his summit with US President Donald Trump. (Roni Rekomaa/Lehtikuva via AP)

HELSINKI (AP) — Famous for his tardiness at official talks, President Vladimir Putin did it again Monday — to U.S. President Donald Trump.

Putin long has sought to meet with Trump, but the Russian leader was 35 minutes late to arrive at their closely watched summit in the Finnish capital.

The delay followed a long tradition set since Putin’s first election in 2000.

Famous victims of his lack of punctuality included Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Pope Francis among many others.

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In 2014, he was hours late for a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, after his previous stop in Serbia lasted longer than usual, involving a protracted military parade.

Some Kremlin watchers saw Putin’s lack of punctuality as a deliberate tactic of trying to throw his vis-a-vis off balance, but others pointed out that it appears to be more of a personal trait than a well-calculated strategy.

Putin is also chronically late for official events in Moscow, often because he lets preceding meetings run longer than expected.

He often holds meetings in late evenings and starts his days relatively late.