Vladimir Putin

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin reacts as he listens to his Belarusian counterpart Sergei Sidorsky, unseen, during a meeting of the Council of Ministers of the Union State in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, May 28, 2009.Russia and Belarus failed to agree Thursday on the last $500 million installment of a $2 billion Russian loan that aimed to help its struggling neighbor avoid bankruptcy, Russia’s finance minister said. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)