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Putin will not go to G20 summit in Bali

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Wise idea... They may have arrested him as he stepped of his plane.

11 ( +15 / -4 )

I think he is uncomfortable being outside an environment he can’t threaten with extreme violence and death. He is unable to articulate a point of view without having the threat of death over the opposing argument. So it makes sense.

9 ( +13 / -4 )

Bali is very close to Australian military bases and airfields that the US has access to, And Ukraine has been sending cargo planes to Australia to help transfer donated equipment.

Perhaps Putin thinks an attempt may be made on his plane to Bali which is well outside Russian escort range.

Nothing was likely to happen of course but the mindset of Putin right now see's threats in every shadow.

The get together will be a little less awkward as only sending their foreign minister means nothing much will happen, or is capable of happening. I think if moves had been made for sideline meetings between some European heads of state or even the US, he would have gone. Without that carrot he see's more problems than solutions with his attendance.

9 ( +10 / -1 )

Such a pity. Biden could have taken him out behind the bicycle sheds and beaten him to a pulp.

7 ( +11 / -4 )

Putin's afraid of a coup attempt in his absence. You can't say he lacks a sense of survival.

12 ( +14 / -2 )

Putin's afraid of a coup attempt in his absence. You can't say he lacks a sense of survival.

he does have 82% popularity in his democracy, so I’m sorry, that ain’t gonna happen

-23 ( +2 / -25 )

Story has nothing really about Biden. Putin is getting on in years Judo master? Against complying adversaries……spy master? He only was just a KGB office worker, had to drive a taxi at night to make ends meet. Hardly 007. As for the Ukrainian war, yep emergency call up (of forced) 300,000 people that’s winning? Not sure I agree.

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Such a pity. Biden could have taken him out behind the bicycle sheds and beaten him to a pulp.

I read an article that said he was worried about just that, only not from Biden but from another unnamed world leader who has spoken (and it seems Russian intelligence picked up) about slapping Mini-me across the face publicly to shame him over Ukraine.

Fascist dictators cannot be seen to be weak. That’s why he’s not coming.

He won’t be missed.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

according the ex White House doctor, Biden suffers from dementia, and new one says he has medical problems.

This is the same DR who said Trump could live to be 200 and who was accused of doling out uppers and downers like Candy? That Dr.?

Yeah, that carries a lot of weight.

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What would Putin do with himself in a luxury hotel in Bali ? Channel-hopping looking for the Russian Ice Hockey League but stumbling upon the woke agenda in repeats of Miss Marple. Wander down to the gym and find the trap-gamelan background music less motivating than tank division marching songs. Call room service asking for borscht and sturgeon on rye bread only to be politely reminded it's a 5-star hotel.

All the time wondering why the two tech-millionaire men in the honeymoon suite next door have not brought their wives.

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President Putin's program is still being worked out, he could participate virtually," said Yulia Tomskaya

In a virtual update, Ms Tomskaya also said President Putin has a hair extension appointment, a music lesson, and a ballet lesson, which would clash with the current schedule of the G20, but that President Putin would be observing the proceeding on his jPhone as he is the first VIP to have received the next yet to be released generation of smart phone.

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Na Rodney

Biden remains a man at the top of his game. Both mentally and physically. He would give Vlad a run for his money. Don believe the Russian hype.

3 ( +7 / -4 )

Which surprises absolutely no one.

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Putin's afraid of a coup attempt in his absence. You can't say he lacks a sense of survival.

he does have 82% popularity in his democracy, so I’m sorry, that ain’t gonna happen

The fake democracy where he eliminates any credible opposition before they can run?

The Autocracy of Russia is well known.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

Putin's afraid of a coup attempt in his absence. You can't say he lacks a sense of survival.

he does have 82% popularity in his democracy, so I’m sorry, that ain’t gonna happen

Yes, the West has trouble admitting this fact. He is far more popular than most (all?) other leaders attending the G20.

He might be concerned with the West carrying out their usual dirty tricks.

And what is the point attending this meeting, he knows he can't reason with most leaders there. He's better off dealing one on one with the more reasonable leaders.

-12 ( +1 / -13 )

ok and so what?

any issue with that?

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

he does have 82% popularity in his democracy, so I’m sorry, that ain’t gonna happen

*that’s if you believe it’s ok to jail any opposition leader or kill them,* who is left? Calling it a Democracy that’s a fantasy. 82% you are delusional.?

82% no democracy gets near that number.

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he does have 82% popularity in his democracy, so I’m sorry, that ain’t gonna happen

Um, no. Not anymore.

When Russians could feast on Western brands live on oil money and take foreign holidays, they were fine to let this midget prance around shirtless and puff his chest out.

Now that they’re not welcome overseas except as refugees, cannot access luxury brands….

Now that they see their economy in decline, realize that their army is a joke and see their boys coming home in boxes (if they come home at all) Mini-me’s schtick is getting old. 82%? Nope.

He probably fears a coup if he leaves the country which he is right to fear.

He might be evil, but he’s not a complete moron.

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he does have 82% popularity in his democracy

You mean the 'democracy' where political opponents are treated to a novichok cocktail, and it that doesn't shut them up, a long prison term?

The 'democracy' where people who protest peacefully against an illegal war (or even call it a war) face ten to fifteen year inside?

The 'democracy' that thinks asking people to vote at gunpoint is legitimate?

The 'democracy' where people get pulled off the streets and sent straight to the front line?

That 'democracy'?

he knows he can't reason with most leaders there

No one can reason with Vlademort. He thinks agreements and treaties are for ignoring.

16 ( +17 / -1 )

Is there an aeroplane big enough to fit Putler and his mighty table?

7 ( +8 / -1 )

Darn the luck.

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Yes, the West has trouble admitting this fact. He is far more popular than most (all?) other leaders attending the G20.

Laughable as usual.

@ Raw Beer also believes Xi and Little Rocket Man have 99% popularity ratings.

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He might be concerned with the West carrying out their usual dirty tricks.

Such as poisonings, gassings, annexations, invasions, looting, raping, shooting down passenger jets, jailing & murdering opponents, imprisoning citizens, bending the mind of right-wing suckers....you mean those kind of tricks?

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Yes, the West has trouble admitting this fact. He is far more popular than most (all?) other leaders attending the G20.

Laughable as usual.

@ Raw Beer also believes Xi and Little Rocket Man have 99% popularity ratings.

No. But do you believe Biden, Macron, or Scholz are popular at home?

He might be concerned with the West carrying out their usual dirty tricks.

Such as poisonings, gassings, annexations, invasions, looting, raping, shooting down passenger jets, jailing & murdering opponents, imprisoning citizens, bending the mind of right-wing suckers....you mean those kind of tricks?

Yes.

-10 ( +2 / -12 )

But do you believe Biden, Macron, or Scholz are popular at home?

Popular enough at least to get voted in without resorting to poisonings or intimidation.

I don't recall any one of them claiming 82% popularity.

Biden - 41.1% approval rating as of yesterday

Macron - 58.5% of the vote in this year's presidential election (though that was in a one-on-one against LePen; the thought of LePen in a position of power might have intimidated some voters), approval rating 40% as of last month (or 29%, depending on which poll you look at)

Scholz - 56% approval rating as of last month ( again, a different poll gives 28%. Who to believe?)

None of them claiming anywhere near the ridiculous 80+%

9 ( +11 / -2 )

I think that Vladimir Putin's sudden refusal to attend Indonesia's invitation to Bali is: 1. His pariah standing in the world due to his special military action against Ukraine. 2. His loss of face due to Russia's failure to conquer Ukraine after almost a year of war. 3. His fear for his personal safety in a Muslim country so far away from Russia.

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One thing is for sure, The Russian Midget will never be welcome in poilite society again.

He has "Quadaffi-ed" himself.

Oh sure, he might attend the US general assembly opening like Mumar did (most likely sans Bedouin tent) and the like, but he is very UNLIKELY to ever receive an invitation for a summit in the States (unless his asset Cheeto Jesus magically escapes justice and more magically returns to power), NATO, Japan, .... well, anywhere ever again.

This is your life Puttie - what remains of it (if rumors are true) and such as it is.

Congrats.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

The G20 USED to be where the important things happened.

Before that, it was the G7/8.

Putin did go in person to the SCO because that's where the important things are happening now.

(The next couple of years will either cement that, or turn the SCO into the place allies get together to hammer out a common position before heading to BRICS+ where other important individual countries try and move the SCO bloc position for their needs)

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

YrralToday 07:40 pm JST

Peter14, Zelensky is already getting ready to sellout the people of Ukraine, because of political pressure abroad ,even reaching a deal with Putin,why are you obsessed with America policy,that foster a sense of insecurity Google Zelensky Putin Negotiate

Whack-a-doodle (borrowed from penny on the big bang theory). That is the most absurd claim on this thread so far, but coming from our old friend larrY it comes as no surprise.

The day Zelensky sells out Ukraine to Putin is the day the sky falls down. He has already made it a law that nobody negotiates with Putin.

https://jamestown.org/program/zelenskyy-bans-negotiations-with-putin/

https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Kremlin-on-Ukraines-Decree-Banning-Negotiations-With-Putin-20221004-0014.html

Please post facts not rumors posted by fake news sites. And do not ask us to google when you should be posting links as I have done above. Many thanks.

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Zelensky is already getting ready to sellout the people of Ukraine, because of political pressure abroad

He already sold out his country and people to satisfy the West's desire to poke the bear. This is a NATO proxy war.

-11 ( +1 / -12 )

This is a NATO proxy war.

It isn't, no matter how much you or Vlad wish to shift the odium of war from Russia.

A proxy war is one instigated by a country in which it does not become involved.

The war was not started by NATO, it was started by Russia in 2014 and escalated in 2022. No amount of 'poking the bear' excuses will change the fact that Russia instigated this war, invaded another country and annexed its territory.

You've been monumentally played.

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He already sold out his country and people to satisfy the West's desire to poke the bear. This is a NATO proxy war.

This is a Russian invasion for territorial expansion from what Putin imagined was a very vulnerable and weak Ukraine. He did not count on it getting all the support it has from around the globe. This has nothing to do with NATO other than them being one of the excuses Putin has used to achieve his objectives. Objective he has so far failed miserably to obtain.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

He already sold out his country and people to satisfy the West's desire to poke the bear. This is a NATO proxy war.

Remarkable. Not a single word of that is factually accurate. One wonders just how immune to objective facts and reality one has to be to become this deluded.

9 ( +9 / -0 )

Putin won't go to Bali for the summit because he is afraid of his own protection abandoning him abroad, he might get his own poisoning treatment. The guy does not want to go outside his comfort zone.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Too bad, maybe something could have happened to him while there.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Putin’s a coward. Of course he won’t go to Indonesia to confront the animosity of the worlds leaders. He won’t even go to the front lines of the war he started for fear of being shot and killed by his own troops who have become cannon fodder

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Pacific pilot narrowly beats me to it (well played, Sir or Madam).

I woke this morning. Looked at the headline again and thought "coward."

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Rodney says

he does have 82% popularity in his democracy, so I’m sorry, that ain’t gonna happen

WTF is with this guy? Lol

Is he for real?

Is that you Putin? You posting on this site now, you little bald-headed homicidal midget?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

The guy does not want to go outside his comfort zone.

I'm not sure that the gremlin has a comfort zone any more.

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