In an astonishing outburst, Mr Putin said: "We all know that African countries used to have a tradition of eating their own adversaries.
We don’t have such a tradition or process or culture and I believe the comparison between Africa and Russia is not quite just."
Putin and Britain's Tony Blair had just finished a meeting where Putin had agreed to go along with Britain and the US on a massive African debt forgiveness program. Blair reportedly just stood there looking embarrassed.
Well, I'm certainly relieved to hear that.