Host Australia expects Putin at G20 summit

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he expects Vladimir Putin to attend the G20 summit this year in Brisbane despite the Russian leader being banned from this week`s Group of Seven meeting.

AFP| Last Updated: Jun 06, 2014, 11:43 AM IST

Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said he expects Vladimir Putin to attend the G20 summit this year in Brisbane despite the Russian leader being banned from this week`s Group of Seven meeting.

Russia was axed from the G7 meeting in Brussels over its annexation of Crimea, with Putin cold-shouldered by the United States and its allies since the March seizure of the peninsula.

Australia is the current holder of the rotating G20 presidency and hosts the leaders` summit in Brisbane in November.

Abbott said that while he shared serious concerns over Russia`s role in Ukraine, there was no indication Putin would not be invited.

"The G20 is an economic meeting whereas the G7 or the G8 has tended to have a very strong security component," he told Australian media in France late Thursday, where he will attend the 70th D-Day commemorations, alongside Putin.

The G7 groups Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Canada and the United States with US President Barack Obama on Thursday saying Russia had to recognise Ukraine`s president-elect Petro Poroshenko.

He also said Moscow must withdraw troops from Ukrainian borders and stop backing the pro-Moscow rebels destabilising eastern Ukraine.

In a statement after their summit, the leaders of the Group of Seven industrialised nations warned of tougher sanctions if the conditions set out by Obama were not met.