From Vlad to worse: He was snubbed at the airport, made to sit alone at dinner, shunted to the edge of the family photo and condemned by world leaders… it’s no wonder President Putin was Russian to leave the G20 summit

Sunday, November 16, 2014
By Paul Martin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has left Australia, cutting his attendance at Brisbane’s G20 Summit short
The weekend saw a series of diplomatic snubs from Western leaders who demanded accountability from the Russian President for the MH17 flight disaster
Many expected outright confrontation as Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had threatened to ‘shirtfront’ the Russian hardman and some had speculated whether he would be banned from the event entirely
The weekend got off to a bad start when Mr Putin was greeted at Brisbane airport by minor political figures, only minutes before delegates from China and Germany were met by the cream of Australia’s political crop
The Russian president had an awkward encounter when he was greeted by Mr Abbott, giving an odd hand gesture
Mr Putin was put in ‘social Siberia’ in the G20 leaders ‘family photo’ and ate dinner alone
Canadian PM Stephen Harper allegedly told Mr Putin to ‘get out of the Ukraine’ while other leaders including US President Barack Obama publicly condemned Russia’s involvement in the embattled nation
Mr Putin announced he was leaving the Summit early after a ‘tense’ meeting with UK leader David Cameron
The Russian President claimed he was leaving early due to long flight back to Russia and the need to sleep

By Heather Mcnab
16 November 2014

It has been a tumultuous weekend at the G20 Summit for Vladimir Putin, as the Russian President’s presence sparked hostility from political leaders and protesters alike.

Mr Putin’s visit to Australia was marred by a series of diplomatic snubs and frostiness from Western leaders, sparking an early exit for the Russian hardman who flew out of Australia on Sunday afternoon, cutting his intended stay short.

While Mr Putin’s delegation claimed his swift exodus was as a result of the long flight back to Russia and his need to be well-rested for his return to official business on Monday morning, some have speculated whether a ‘tense’ meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron was the straw that broke the President’s back.

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