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Vladimir Putin leaves G20 meeting early after tense talks with David Cameron over Russia’s destabilisation of Ukraine

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  • Russian President Vladimir Putin left summit in Brisbane to fly to Moscow, cutting short his Australian G20 trip
  • David Cameron says meeting sent ‘very clear message’ to Mr Putin of the unity between Europe and the US
  • PM says this was shown by demand that Mr Putin should de-escalate crisis in Ukraine or face tougher sanctions
  • Mr Putin left in no doubt that he stands at a ‘crossroads’ in Russia’s relationship with rest of the world, PM says

Vladimir Putin has left a meeting of the world’s 20 top economies early after tense talks with David Cameron over Russia’s destabilisation of Ukraine.

Mr Cameron said the G20 meeting in Australia had sent a ‘very clear message’ to Mr Putin of the unity between Europe and the US.

He stated that this was shown by the demand that Russian President Mr Putin should de-escalate the crisis in Ukraine or face tougher sanctions.

Mr Putin was left in no doubt that he stands at a ‘crossroads’ in Russia’s relationship with the rest of the world, Britain’s Prime Minister added.

The Russian left the summit in Brisbane early, saying he needed to get back to Moscow in time to grab some sleep before going to work tomorrow.

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