Social media users are expressing their disgust at the enthusiastic high five shared by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Argentina.
While many world leaders have distanced themselves from Salman, who is accused of ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Putin is certainly not one of them.
Salman, known as MBS, had been left standing alone as leaders filed past him and into a meeting room – before the Russian President arrived.
Putin, who has faced claims he ordered the nerve attack on Sergei Skripal in Britain, held up a friendly hand, which Salman happily grabbed before they sat down with wide grins on their faces.
The brotherly greeting quickly went viral on social media as users pointed out the unsettling similarities between the two controversial leaders who’ve both had more than their fair share of negative headlines.
Twitter user Adam Best summed up the general feeling by captioning the video: ‘Putin and MBS: Just two authoritarians gleefully bonding over their shared passion for killing journalists.’
Daily Beast reporter Spencer Ackerman captioned Putin as saying: ‘Bone sawwwwwwww waddup’ and had Salman respond with ‘Humbled!!!! You were having journalists killed while I was in school! Kinda can’t believe this is happening bro’ in a widely-shared tweet.