Vladimir Putin went to the G20 thinking that he wasn’t going to have to do much except sit in a comfortable chair with his fingers tented like a Bond villain, as other countries discussed their economic inter-relationship and possible locations for that Olympics no one wants to host that might end up in Kazakhstan. But then Chelsea Handler made it awkward. And then Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, made it super awkward. As did David Cameron, UK Prime Minister. And despite Vladimir Putin’s best efforts at soundlessly communicating his global position of being one needlessly high-tech underwater sea base away from launching a satellite to control Earth’s weather, the other leaders seemed oddly unafraid.
And so, Vladimir Putin walked out of the G20 summit early, presumably with his panties in a bunch.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has left the G20 summit in Brisbane early after he came under intense pressure from the West over Moscow’s alleged support for separatist fights in eastern Ukraine.
The two-day summit, which gathered the leaders of the world’s largest economies in Brisbane, ended on Sunday evening, with Putin exiting the Australian city hours earlier.
Putin said his decision to fly home had nothing to do with tensions over Ukraine, saying he had a long flight and wanted to catch up on some sleep ahead of a full day’s work on Monday.
I guess I will shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: ‘You need to get out of Ukraine’.
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Putin, accorrding to Harper’s spokesman
“We need nine hours to fly from here to Vladivostok and another nine hours from Vladivostok to Moscow,” he said in comments reported by the RIA Novosti news agency.
“Then we need to get home and return to work on Monday. There is a need to sleep at least four to five hours.”
The agenda of the summit focused on economic growth but was, to some extent, overshadowed by the tension over Ukraine.
Part of the problem, of course, was that the event was held in Brisbane, in Australia, a country who had 38 citizens perish onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Ukraine back in July with a missile launcher Russia appears to have supplied. Unfortunately, Putin left before Australian PM Tony Abbott could get a right hook in.