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Putin leaves before official end of G20

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 00:44

Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves before the official end of the G20 summit to catch the long flight back to Russia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION Russian President Vladimir Putin departs Brisbane on Sunday (November 16) before the formal end of the two-day G20 summit, where he came under pressure from leaders over the Ukraine crisis. Putin said he was leaving before the release of the official communiqué because of the long flight to Russia and he wanted to get some sleep. He was seen shaking hands with police officers and officials before boarding his plane. G20 leaders placed pressure on Putin over his government's backing for pro-Russian rebels in Ukraine, where a conflict has killed more than 4,000 people this year. On Saturday (November 15), Western leaders warned Putin that he risked more sanctions if he failed to end his country's backing for the separatists. Russia has denied any involvement. Putin told a selected group of reporters on the side of the G20 summit on Sunday that there was a "good chance of resolution" in the Ukraine conflict, rejecting Western condemnation of Russia's role in the southeast of the country. He added that Kiev's decision to impose an economic blockade of eastern Ukraine was a "big mistake", but "not fatal".

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Putin leaves before official end of G20

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 00:44