– His warmest encounter was with a koala, and even the animal looked alarmed. Vladimir Putin departed early from the G20 summit in Brisbane, having been roundly chastised: Canada’s Stephen Harper reportedly told him, “I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.” Mr Putin’s mood, and Russia’s ostracism, may worsen today, when European Union foreign ministers discuss extending the sanctions imposed over the covert invasion—which, preposterously, the Kremlin still denies.


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