Canada’s PM To Putin: “I Guess
I’ll Shake Your Hand…” Putin’s
Response “Was Not Positive”
“I have only one thing to say to
you: you need to get out of
by Zero Hedge | November 16, 2014
Following last week’s (humiliating for the US) APEC meeting in Beijing, in which the BRIC nations clearly distanced themselves from the “developed world” and the topic of the “Russian invasion of Ukraine” was largely missing as it is clearly not in the interest of the Pacific nations to warmonger when the two key nations, Russia and China are obviously not complying with the western media ‘straight to populism‘ narrative, it was time for another major world summit, this time in the quite “western” Brisbane, Australia.
It was here that the G-7 part of the G-20 nations seized the opportunity to quickly pivot against Moscow and remind Europe that the reason why Europe is in a triple-dip recession (if one removes the GDP “boost” from hookers and blow) is because of Russia’s “take over” of east Ukraine, ignoring the reality that it was the US State Department’s Victoria Nuland that incited the Kiev coup and the west that imposed the “costly” sanctions on Russia which have hurt Germany and Europe just as badly. This was all largely lost on the local, as outside the summit, Ukrainian Australians staged an anti-Putin protest, wearing headbands reading “Putin, Killer”.
It was a full court press from the start: as the NYT reports, “at a speech at a university in Brisbane, Mr. Obama called Russia’s aggression against Ukraine a “threat to the world, as we saw in the appalling shoot down of MH-17, a tragedy that took so many innocent lives, among them your fellow citizens,” a reference to the Australian citizens and residents who were killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 went down in eastern Ukraine.
“As your ally and friend, America shares the grief of these Australian families, and we share the determination of your nation for justice and accountability,” Mr. Obama said.”
This charade was set to continue Sunday, when leaders from the European Union planned to meet with Mr. Obama to discuss Ukraine, among other issues, said Herman Van Rompuy, the president of the European Council. He said the European Union was committed to finding a political solution to the crisis.
“We will continue to use all the diplomatic tools, including sanctions, at our disposal,” he said.
Indeed, as Reuters adds “Western leaders warned Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit on Saturday that he risked more economic sanctions if he failed to end Russian backing for separatist rebels in Ukraine.”
But perhaps the best confirmation that all the G-20 meeting was nothing but a giant populist photo-op comes from Bloomberg which reports that “Russian President Vladimir Putin got a blunt message when he approached Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a handshake at today’s Group of 20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.
“I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Harper told Putin, the prime minister’s spokesman Jason MacDonald said in an e-mail.
Putin’s response to the comment wasn’t positive, MacDonald said, without elaborating. Putin and Harper talked briefly, according to Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
“Indeed Harper told Putin that Russia should leave Ukraine,” Peskov said by phone today in Brisbane. “Putin told him that this is impossible because they are not there.” “Which is the real TRUTH” known by all alternative media station
Asked about the tone of the meeting between the two leaders, Peskov said “it was within the bounds of decency.”
Say no more.
Righteous Russian President Vladimir Putin, right,
walks past Canadian Prime Minister
Hannibal Cannibal Stephen Harper, left,
during a pompous welcoming ceremony at the
G-20Criminal Cabal Summit in Brisbane.
Yet at the end of the day, captioned photo-op or not, one wonders how much of all the front-page drama is even remotely real when every single time the west goes on the “offensive” against Putin with “costs” just to have a convenient scapegoat for Europe’s ongoing depression, one hears in the back of one head the following exchange:
Obama: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.”
Medvedev: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir”
Vladimir Putin leaves G20 summit citing a need to catch up on sleep
November 17, 2014 – 8:22AM
National political reporter
Vladimir Putin has left the G20 summit citing a need to catch up on sleep, after the Kremlin played down reports the Russian President was leaving due to the frosty reception awarded to him by other world leaders over Ukraine.
Mr Putin said the trip home would take 18 hours and he needs at least four hours’ sleep before returning to work on Monday.
Heading off: Vladimir Putin departs the Hilton Hotel after his G20 visit to Brisbane. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
The Russian leader said he explained his reasons to his Australian host, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who, he said, responded with: “No problem.”
Despite Mr Abbott’s shirtfront threat setting the scene for the two leader’s encounter in Australia, President Putin departed Brisbane on Sunday praising his Australian counterpart while Mr Abbott acknowledged he had treated Mr Putin with courtesy as he was a guest of Australia.
Mr Abbott earlier this week sought Russian compensation and demanded Mr Putin apologise to victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which was shot down over Eastern Ukraine in July.
The Russian President said he needed to catch up on sleep before work on Monday. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
While Mr Abbott, as host of the 2014 G20, cuddled a koala alongside Mr Putin, conservative world leaders including Britain’s David Cameron, Canada’s Stephen Harper and Germany’s Angela Merkel delivered stern words to the Russian leader over Ukraine.
Mr Abbott said the G20 and APEC forums had provided world leaders the opportunity to confront Russia.
“When all is said and done President Putin was a guest in our country, President Putin is a member of the G20 and I was happy to treat him with respect and courtesy while he was here in Australia,” he told reporters.
Mr Putin praised Mr Abbott as a “specific” and “business-like person” and credited him with creating a “wonderful atmosphere” in Brisbane.
“Our host, Mr Prime Minister, I would like to say again that he created a very wonderful atmosphere for working together. Of course, our views are not the same in some issues, but we had some very substantive conversations and I think it was helpful.
“We had a very detailed and professional conversation. Very disciplined. He made sure everyone stayed on schedule, but also provided an opportunity for everyone to say something,” he told Russian reporters before departing Australia.
A Russian journalist later informed Mr Abbott of the President’s praise to which the clearly amused prime minister replied, “I’m very happy to be on a unity ticket with Vladimir Putin on that subject”.
Mr Putin held a farewell media conference at the Hilton hotel but many Australian journalists who attempted to attend were blocked from accessing Mr Putin’s address.
The Russian leader was snubbed on arrival in Brisbane when the government sent one of the ministry’s most junior members, the Assistant Defence Minister Stuart Robert, to greet him.
In comparison, Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove and Attorney-General George Brandis welcomed other leaders.