I was wondering, what the world leaders make at the G8 meeting 🙂 Putin threw some light on this subject.
Putin said in the interview with TASS news agency. He argued that Russia “simply does not need to compete with the West” and should “peacefully carry out its agenda”. But at the same time, Putin said that he was not bothered by being personally isolated by world leaders after he faced a hostile reception at the G20 summit in Brisbane over Russia’s actions in Ukraine and left early.
Putin said he was not interested in the opportunity “to slap each other on the shoulder, call each other friends, go on visits to each other and go to the G8” if world leaders did not take Russia’s position into account. “I didn’t become president of a country to satisfy my personal ambitions. It’s absolutely no use to me, if they neglect Russia’s interests. That means then we won’t go to visit them, but meet at other forums, in a business-like atmosphere,” Putin said.