Abbott to wait and see before posting Putin's G20 invitation

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott said he would wait and see what transpires over the coming months before making a decision whether Russian President Vladimir Putin would be welcome to attend the G20 Summit later this year.

Mr Putin has come under intense international scrutiny after Russian-backed rebels shot down a Malaysia Airline plane over eastern Ukraine last month killing 298 people including 38 Australian citizens and residents.

Mr Putin has further strained diplomatic relationships after announcing a ban on Australian fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, milk and dairy imports for a year.

Mr Abbott, talking in London today, said he understood whether to revoke Mr Putin's invitation to the summit was an emotive issue for Australians.

"My general view is that if people behave badly there should be consequences," he said.

"If people behave better there should be an appropriate acknowledgement of that.

"It is still three months to go before the G20 and my hope is that the response to what Russia has been doing in eastern Ukraine recently may have persuaded President Putin that the costs of his policy are too high and that the risk of complete isolation is too great."

It is expected the leaders of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and United States President Barack Obama will attended the summit.

The G20 World Leaders Summit will be staged in Brisbane on November 15 and 16.



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