I thought Putin and The Dear Leader were partners in solving the poison gas problem. The Dear Leader and Lurch hatched the plan (Translated: Lurch made a gaffe and Putin snapped it up.) and Vlad carried it out to save The Dear Leader's a:s:s.
Now The Dear Leader and Vlad are BFF and are going to be pen pals. I'm told the messiah wants to kiss Vlad on the lips.