Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to leave the G20 summit early after Western leaders lambasted him Saturday over the crisis in Ukraine and threatened further sanctions.
Russia has been accused of escalating military activity and supplying troops and weaponry to the insurgency in the eastern part of Ukraine, where fighting has claimed the lives of more than 4,000 people since the latest conflict began.
A Russian official told Reuters that Putin planned to skip a session on Saturday at the Brisbane, Australia summit, and would depart early in order to attend meetings in Moscow.
The choice of an early exit follows harsh rebukes from Western leaders against the Russian president at the summit.
“I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Putin, according to his spokesman Jason MacDonald, Reuters…
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