WASHINGTON – Anita Kumar, a journalist at the American presidential pool, said that the crush before the start of the summit between Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin was the most chaotic in the last ten years.
“The journalists pushed and shoved, shouted at each other to advance, but no one moved. After a minute or two, Russian security officials put back the red tape separating the media from the leaders to try to keep them away from the presidents,” she said in a message to the pool.
Kumar also accused Russian security officials of shouting at journalists and pushing them.
“Journalists and White House officials started shouting back that Russian security personnel should stop touching us. I was pushed many times, almost knocked down, as many members of the pool tripped over the red ribbon,” the journalist wrote.
According to her, both presidents looked at the crush and seemed surprised.
Only a few journalists were eventually able to get into the hall by the time the meeting between Putin and Biden began. The press was allowed in one on each side, but it was extremely slow. After about 15 minutes, it was decided not to let anyone else in, and those who went inside and captured the presidents returned to the street.