Attorney-General George Brandis and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove didn't shake hands with Putin though they were seen just metres from the tarmac but did not step forward to greet him, Censor.NET reports citing The Courier Mail. Senator Brandis with the smile welcomed German Chancellor Angela Merkel moments after the Russian President arrived, as well as Chinese president Xi Jinping.
At the same time, not all Australian officials have taken such a principled stance against Putin. Thus, the Russian leader was greeted by the Assistant Secretary of Defense Robert Stewart and Governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey immediately upon arrival. Also Australian journalists once again confirmed Putin's feature to pointedly boast. Thus, the leader of Russia got into his black Mercedes limousine, part of his motorcade of 20 vehicles, the largest so far at the summit, which was five cars more than David Cameron's motorcade and seven vehicles more of the 'host' of the summit - the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott.
Back in October, Australian Prime threatened to "shirt front" Putin at the G20. Australia even had intended to keep him out of the summit because of Russian involvement in the deaths of several dozen Australians on the Boeing 777, but it became clear that Putin is not excluded from the G-20, because a number of countries "aggressively" asked for it.