A showdown between Western leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin is likely at the G20 summit in Australia, following fresh reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine. Jillian Kitchener reports.
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Brisbane where he's likely to meet a storm of criticism. Australia's G20 summit is expected to produce a showdown between Western leaders and Putin, following new reports of Russian troops pouring into eastern Ukraine. After several months of fighting, a ceasefire is supposed to be in effect. But Kiev says Russia is sending soldiers and weapons to help separatist rebels in the east launch a NEW offensive. Putin denies the accusations and in interview with Russian journalists, blasted the U.S. and European Union -- saying the sanctions they've imposed on Russia have harmed the global economy. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING (AUDIO STARTS OVER SHOT OF REPORTER LISTENING): "...It undermines the whole system of international economic relations. But I really hope and I am coming from the conviction that finally an understanding will be reached and all of this will be left in the past." It's a position that the west will challenge at the G20 meeting. In tropical Australia, analysts say Putin is likely to meet a chilly reception.