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G20 summit: Russia isolated over Ukraine

Leaders from the G20 group have agreed to higher growth, fight climate change & isolate Russia over Ukraine.

World leaders sitting around the table at the G20 leaders summit in Australia. Picture: Official Australia G20 2014 Facebook page.

BRISBANE - Leaders from the G20 group of nations agreed on Sunday to boost flagging global growth tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance but ties between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in Ukraine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Brisbane early as U.S. President Barack Obama accused Russia of invading Ukraine and Britain warned of a possible " frozen conflict" in Europe.

Several Western nations warned Russia of further sanctions if it did not withdraw troops and weapons from Ukraine.

"I think President Putin can see he is at a crossroads," said British Prime Minister David Cameron. "If he continues to destabilise Ukraine there will be further sanctions, further measures.

"There is a cost to sanctions, but there would be a far greater cost in allowing a frozen conflict on the continent of Europe to be created and maintained."

Obama said Russia's isolation was unavoidable.

"We would prefer a Russia that is fully integrated with the global economy," he told a news conference.

"But we are also very firm on the need to uphold core international principles.... you don't invade other countries or finance proxies and support them in ways that break up a country that has mechanisms for democratic elections."

Before leaving the G20 Summit, Putin said a solution to the Ukraine crisis was possible, but did not elaborate.

"Today the situation (in Ukraine) in my view has good chances for resolution, no matter how strange it may sound," Putin said. He skipped a working lunch at the summit to leave early, citing the long flight home and need for sleep.

Russia has denied any involvement in the conflict in Ukraine that has killed more than 4,000 people this year.

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