The Courier-Mail

G7 leaders to keep Putin at arm’s length over Ukraine

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WASHINGTON: Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t be on the guest list when US President Barack Obama and other world leaders assemble in Germany next week, as part of theh punishment for allegedly supporting aggression in Ukraine.

Yet Mr Putin (pictured) is a central player in internatio­nal a affairs, including t the US-led nuclear t talks with Iran.

US officials say the engagement will be limited to a areas where Moscow and the West have shared interests.t Ot Outreach to Mr Putin should not be seen as Western acceptance of the Ukraine conflict, where pro-Russian separatist­s are stoking instabilit­y.

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