Putin walks out on a tense G20 summit
Russian President Vladimir Putin jetted out of Australia Sunday after a testy G20 summit where he faced concerted Western fire over the Ukraine crisis, Agence France Presse reported.
Putin left before the final communique from the weekend talks was issued, but attended the annual forum’s wrap-up lunch and praised the “constructive” discussions.
Speaking at a press conference broadcast on Russian television, Putin said “some of our views do not coincide, but the discussions were complete, constructive and very helpful.”
Putin said that the economic blockade of Ukraine’s separatist east by Kiev is “a big mistake” because it cuts off the disputed regions from the rest of the country.
Speaking at a press conference broadcast on Russian television from the summit in Brisbane, Australia, he said: “I think it is a big mistake because they are removing their grip on these territories.”
Putin added that Moscow would discuss the blockade with Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko.
Putin also thanked Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for hosting the event.