Russia's Dance Floor Diplomacy

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Russian President Boris Yeltsin dances with an unidentified singer in Rostov in this June 10, 1996 file photo. Yeltsin has died, a spokeswoman for the Kremlin said on April 23, 2007.

Following his historic trip to Cuba, U.S. President Barack Obama flew to Argentina for the first time. At a state dinner on Wednesday night in Buenos Aires, he was dragged onto the dance floor to try the traditional — and notoriously difficult — Argentine tango. Obama gamely tried a few steps before bowing out, but his dance-floor diplomacy proved popular.

Russian politicians have never shied away from the dance floor — Boris Yeltsin, in particular, was always happy to put on his dancing shoes.