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Ukraine crisis: Russia under pressure at G20 summit

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Ukraine crisis: Russia under pressure at G20 summit

BBC News
15 November 2014

Russia has been rebuked by Western leaders about its role in the Ukraine crisis, at a G20 summit in Australia.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told Russian President Vladimir Putin that he needed to "get out of Ukraine".

US President Barack Obama said Moscow's "aggression" in Ukraine was a "threat to the world", while the UK threatened more sanctions unless Russia stopped "destabilising" its neighbour.

The two-day summit in Brisbane is focusing on promoting economic growth.

World leaders are expected to elaborate on plans agreed by G20 finance ministers in February to boost global growth by 2% in five years.

Frosty handshake

However, Saturday - the first of the two-day summit - was dominated by Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting government forces in eastern regions.

Ukraine and its Western allies have accused Russia of sending military forces across the border, something the Kremlin denies.

The EU imposed sanctions when Russia annexed Crimea in March and has added further measures since.

Before the G20 summit began, UK Prime Minister David Cameron said there would "have to be a very different relationship" between Europe and Russia if "we continue to see Russian troops" inside Ukraine, adding that there was "the potential for further sanctions".

Mr Cameron later held a private meeting with Mr Putin. The two discussed "rebuilding relations", Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The Russian president faced a frosty reception from Canada's Mr Harper.

"I'll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine," Mr Harper told him, the Canadian leader's spokesman said.

President Obama said the US was at the forefront of "opposing Russia's aggression against Ukraine, which is a threat to the world".


Analysis: Gary O'Donoghue, BBC News

If President Putin expected a warm diplomatic welcome at the G20 under the blazing Brisbane sun, he was disappointed; he was in fact subjected to something more akin to a severe Siberian winter.

The West believes Russia is behind the escalation of tension in eastern Ukraine - a conflict that has already cost 4,000 lives. Tensions have also been increased by Russian military activity around Nato's borders, with several instances of fighter planes being scrambled to intercept Russian aircraft.

On Monday, EU foreign ministers will consider whether to extend sanctions against Russia - there are already restrictions on the energy, defence and finance sectors as well as travel bans and asset freezes on individuals.

President Putin denies he is directly involved in Ukraine, and dismisses sanctions as pointless. It all amounts to a standoff between the West and Russia - and little sign of any thaw in prospect.


The BBC's Jon Donnison in Brisbane says President Putin cut something of an isolated figure among the world's powerbrokers.

Reports quoted Russian officials as saying Mr Putin was planning to leave the summit ahead of schedule on Sunday, but gave no reasons for the move.

However, the president's spokesman Dmitry Peskov denied this, saying that Mr Putin would only leave "when all the work is completed."

Meeting on the margins of the summit on Saturday, Mr Putin urged his French counterpart Francois Hollande to join him to defuse tensions between the two countries over Ukraine.

France has withheld the delivery of two warships to the Russian navy over its actions in Ukraine. 'Message of hope'

Meanwhile, President Obama said Asia's security must not be based on intimidation of small nations by big ones, but on mutual alliances.

He did not mention China explicitly but he warned of the dangers posed by territorial disputes in the South China Sea, where Beijing's actions have raised concern among its neighbours.

Mr Obama said there was "no question" over his commitment to Asia-Pacific allies, referring to US efforts to strengthen strategic ties with the region.

Opening the summit, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he wanted to use the event to reassure people about the direction of the world's economy, with a "message of hope and optimism".

He said job creation, identifying tax cheats and strengthening the global economy would all be discussed.

His government had tried to keep climate change off the agenda, despite calls from campaigners.

In other developments, G20 leaders released a statement in which they vowed to do all they could to "extinguish" the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

It said that members state were committed to do what was necessary "to ensure the international effort can extinguish the outbreak and address its medium-term economic and humanitarian costs".



    16 Nov, 2014
    by Dave Hodges

    President Putin left this meeting(G-20) early, too. Significant?
    PS: I can no longer load the lead article.My computer locks up every time & I have to do a computer re-start.....

    1. DL

      I do not see any reason why would Russia participate in this - or China, or entire BRICS and their alliance ..

  2. John

    Maybe you can comment more on this article then just few opening words - if possible. It's been enough of NAZI lies - if governments can have significant date about MH 17 - and we have no solution on the table, then something else is being cooked, and it smells, as usual.

    All West participants on these lies and hunt on Russia must pay serious penalties - not only individuals but also whole countries. Make each citizen charge 5 000 USD for supporting lies of gov and we will have different climate of thinking people right away at the doorstep. MSM imprison with politicos and bankers backing - taken away all licences to MSM - create new network.

    1. Burn out that NAZI bloody USD and we have finished with wars - no one to sponsor them.....

  3. BRICS countries’ leaders are disappointed by the US block on IMF reforms to help developing countries have more influence internationally. They called for the G20 to ratchet up pressure if America doesn’t ratify the 2010 IMF reform by the end of the year.

    “The leaders have called for G20 to plan a discussion of options the IMF will present in January 2015 in case the US doesn’t ratify the 2010 reform by the end of this year," said a joint statement released by the BRICS countries at the G20 summit.

    Knife on the throat - fist into face. Only way how to deal with cabal.....Kill first 299 out of 300 and then the reform will go very fast....

  4. MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday the reports that a German embassy’s staff member has been expelled from Moscow.
    The expulsion comes “in response to unfriendly actions of the German authorities in regard to a staff member of one of Russian foreign establishments in Germany,” the ministry said in a statement.....

    The Russian Foreign Ministry also said on Monday Russia has expelled a number of Polish diplomats from Moscow in response to the earlier expulsion of Russian diplomats from Poland.

    1. Gordon Duff claims that MH17 was shot down by an SU-22 "Fitter" fighter jet in this article on VT:

      As far as I can tell, the Polish Air Force is the only one still flying the Fitter:

    2. Valdi

      Poland is of course one of the main supporters of NAZI in Ukraine. Majority of those thugs were trained in Poland by US-Israeli NAZI fascist..

      Israel is complicit in Maidan and all that war - it was leaked by one Israeli agent accidentally on Czech TV- ....literally she said * What did you think , of course we are there and we trained most of them, we are Israel...*

    3. Vlastimil.

      It is so sad. We could have had peace all these years since the breakup of the Soviet Union if NATO hadn't expanded into the former Warsaw Pact countries, as Russia was promised. When I used to drive across Europe in the 70's and 80's, I dreamed about the time when the Cold War would end, the Berlin Wall would come down and the signs on the autobahn would point towards Moscow and beyond.

      Now, I am ashamed of what the West has done, and continues to do. I am ashamed of Israel. Perhaps there is some hope inside of me that what is left of the goodness in humanity will prevail, but that hope grows smaller by the day.

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  6. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has called the US president a 'lame duck.'

    Speaking in Brisbane last week, where world leaders gathered for the summit, Obama once again put Russia on the list of the greatest threats to the world - along with the Islamic State militants (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) and the Ebola outbreak. It wasn't the first time the US president lumped Russia in with the Islamic terrorists and the deadly virus.

    So that justice might be served, USA and the West should be fined Trillions of € as a compensation to Russia for continues attacks, accusation and threats ....

    Only then idiots US and West public will wake up and learn to be on guard .... I would do it. It is better to fine that nation then to wipe out with laser cannons.....

  7. There was this 25th anniversary in Prague of student uprising that led eventually to collapse of communist party in different demonstrations and mainly those of NAZI WEST US led coalition of bloodthirsty Israeli mafia .....So NAZI frontrunners of US NAZI cabal party organised opposition shouting at the Czech president different slander - (He showed the NAZI WEST a big finger.....a long ago, so they can not stand him..)

    In the middle of his speech he said all of sudden: *I am not afraid of you as I was not afraid of communists 25 years ago...* Of course idiots did not get the point whom he addressed in that remark, so public is puzzled what he meant. He said it directly NAZI - US - FASCIST - ISRAELI ZIONIST THUGS.....

    NAZI US and EU and Israel must be wipe out from the planet Earth. Humanity can walk forward without them - they are bloodthirsty liars and murderers .....

    ....I keep saying it over and over, because it is true.... wipe them out before they cause another atrocities like in Ukraine...

  8. If Czech president can stand up against NAZI openly, Cameron should be able to do it also, specially when he has mighty power of heroes in PM who can stand up against children and abuse them.....

  9. I've heard some pretty awful things about Henry Kissinger but here I am in total agreement with him (apart from the New World Order comment, since I don't know exactly what he has in mind):

    Henry Kissinger Says Obama’s Neocons Have Produced A Mess In Ukraine

    Dare we believe a spark of conscience has taken light in him?

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  10. Valdi

    I do not trust him a word - he is NAZI HEINZ and all US policy was built on his NAZI leadership - he is a monster.

    What he does is that he covers up - elite families etc - to put all blame on national government. He diverts attention .....

    .....that's why he does it.
    He is animal - liar and as liar he will die and go to hell ...... his genocides will hunt him there for ever - this is his great life achievement - HELL

    1. He might cover up Israel and Jidish lobby - and that's why we have Ukraine as potential second Jidish land in case mobs find out what is happening in Israel - so Jidish can hide and continue their crimes against humanity and plot evil from Ukraine.....

      Heinz will be making all his best to cover this up so that all attention will be on USA only -

      I do not trust him a word....even when he uncovers publicly some dirt - it is for some other nasty purpose of his twisted animal mind...

    2. I agree...just hoping one of the Heinz 57 varieties actually has a fact, it probably does, care of organ-harvesting by the Israelis.

  11. Keiser is my boy -

    min 8 If the law does not protect innocent ---- people must take the law and justice into their hands -----

    We are in war - in war there are other rules of survival - you play by heart and consciousness - law is irrelevant. Snowden realised we are in war so that's why his appeal is to higher consciousness -

    1. I like the title

      Keiser Report: Westminster aka Westmonster


    Russian SUKHOI SU 35 performing COBRA MANOEUVRE Awesome pilot skills

    Today is not 18 century ....
    UK growing reputation from boasting of by MP who rape children - they have also reputation last decades showing up muscle to weak or disarmed and smaller as USA likes to do it. (Iraq is as British as USA - so is Libya or Afghanistan heroin fields protection...)

    Make friends not enemies (Cameron should pray is every evening ...) - RUSSIAN BEAR IS NOT DISARMED IRAQ

  13. False accusation again in Sweden - NAZI press public opinion so that Sweden would be forced to NAZI NATO ....

    The Swedish military has confirmed a “Russian” aircraft that entered Swedish airspace on Saturday was actually French. The Expressen newspaper had falsely reported a Russian plane was "a couple of kilometers on the wrong side of the border.”

  14. Fulford is saying that G 20 was a big cabal fiasco ....

  15. "We are prepared for a scenario of total war... we don't want war, we want peace and we are fighting for European values. But Russia does not respect any agreement," he said in an interview to be published today.

    Mr Poroshenko said Kiev was now better prepared to face a rumoured rebel offensive.

    "More than anything we want peace, but we must at the moment face up to the worst-case scenario," he told the paper.

    "Our army is now in a better state than it was five months ago and we are being supported by the entire world."

    Well done WILD WEST of liars and bloodthirsty monsters, thank you very much it looks great.

  16. MOSCOW, November 14 (Sputnik) – Russia plans to leave the “dollar dictatorship” of market oil prices and turn to using the country’s national currency and the Chinese yuan, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday.

    “We are leaving the dictatorship of the market where oil goods are based on the dollar and will increase the possibilities of using [other] national currencies: the ruble and the yuan,” Putin said in an interview with the Russian state news agency TASS.

    And the choir sings - Hallelujah - thanks to the lord (or to Putin who can face dogs of war ..), I should not say Putin since it could create a wave of anger praise to Russia Duma ...

    1. And the West say unanimously - let us present to you our BEST friend - Porky the bloody one

      With the blessed help of West we will make East Ukraine another GAZA - praise to the lord the bloody one...

      We (Ukraine) will have our jobs – they (Donbas) will not. We will have our pensions – they will not. We will have care for children, for people and retirees – they will not. Our children will go to schools and kindergartens... theirs will hole up in the basements. Because they are not able to do a thing. This is exactly how we will win this war!

      Question is who is the West? Let me think. It must be Chile, or Thailand -something like that I guess. In case I am wrong in geography, there are number of friends from West who can help me.....

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  18. West created -

    1. Communism - imported to East to rob it

    2. NAZISM - invaded Russia to conquer it

    3. Terrorism - to conquer and terrorise the world

    4. Fiat money - to steal it all

    And all must be thankful and quite ....., not me.

    1. TIME to fix it ...... do not hesitate or delay ...TRUTH OUT - JUSTICE IN


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