13:24 Sep. 3, 2016
Putin's purpose in meeting world leaders is to soften western wrath over its military intervention in Ukraine, analysts say
With world leaders en route to China's Hangzhou city for Sunday's opening of the G20 summit, a senior Chinese diplomat announced that Russian President Vladimir Putin would be the number one guest.
However Putin is already signaling that he plans to discuss geopolitical issues at the summit, possibly spoiling Beijing's preference for keeping talks mainly focused on the economy and the environment.
Russian media have reported the president is planning on meeting several world leaders which may include U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi besides Chinese President Xi Jinping.
These moves could undermine China's efforts to project Russia as a close friend and its efforts to reduce what Beijing considers to be too much western influence over the G20. Putin's purpose in meeting world leaders is to soften western wrath over its military intervention in Ukraine, analysts said. Full story