'Robust conversation' with Putin, not 'shirtfront'

Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Prime Minister Tony Abbott AAP Image - Tracey Nearmy

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has denied he will "shirtfront" Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 meetings next month, instead saying there would be a "robust conversation" between the pair.

But he did not confirm if he had sought a separate meeting with Mr Putin during the conference in Brisbane, saying instead there was still a month to go, and he expected Mr Putin to seek such a "conversation".

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