Putin Decides Against Bringing Up Sanctions On Russia At G20 Summit

By Catherine Kent

The G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia, which concluded on Sunday, November 16, reportedly had tight security.  Protests were expected  against President Putin and Russia’s alleged involvement in Ukraine. A few days before the summit, Putin remarked that the U.S. sanctions on Russia were a mistake, as they were not only in violation of international trade law, but also undermined trade. When asked if he would bring up the sanctions at the summit, Putin said no, because this would be “pointless.” After the conference ended on Sunday, November 16, (and trade sanctions had not been discussed), Putin commended the summit for its “constructive atmosphere ”.