G20 Summit

The Russian grandmaster

Print edition : October 04, 2013

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama at the G20 summit on September 6 in St. Petersburg. Photo: KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP

E.U. officials Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso address the media ahead of the G20 summit. Photo: DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP

French President Francois Hollande was the only E.U. leader ready to join a U.S. attack on Syria. Photo: ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP

Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, urged Moscow to stop supporting Damascus. Photo: RON EDMONDS/AP

A protest outside the summit venue on September 5. Photo: PETER KOVALEV/AFP

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second from left) at a meeting on the humanitarian situation in Syria, chaired by British Prime Minister David Cameron, on the margins of the G20 summit. Photo: AFP PHOTO / UNITED NATIONS / ESKINDER DEBEBE

Vladimir Putin ensured that the G20 summit delivered a stinging blow to the U.S. President who pushed for a “punitive” strike against Syria and left him with little room for manoeuvre.
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