Putin ‘shirtfronts’ Turnbull over Syria

You might remember Tony Abbott’s threat to ‘shirtfront’ Vladimir Putin at the G20 two years ago? Well now the Russian

You might remember Tony Abbott’s threat to ‘shirtfront’ Vladimir Putin at the G20 two years ago?

Well now the Russian President has returned fire, and this time it was Malcolm Turnbull on the receiving end.

The ABC is reporting that Putin has confronted Turnbull over Australia’s role in Syria at a meeting of the G20.

So what was actually said in the exchange?

Apparently, the Russian president asked Turnbull who Australia is fighting for.

“I’m fighting for the legitimate Government of Syria,” Putin said.

“Who are you fighting for?”

He also reportedly pointed out errors made by Western countries in the Middle East and said George W Bush should never have unsettled the region by ousting Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

Putin said the US and Australia were making the same mistake in Syria, “playing into the hands of radical Islam”.

Does Putin actually have a point?

It turns out Australian sources have described it as a good question.

To understand the war in Syria, you have to understand the different sides of the conflict.

Australia and the US are battling Islamic State in Syria, but they do not support the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Russia on the other hand is supporting the Assad Government’s battle against Islamic State and rebel groups trying to oust the government.

And of the US are providing assistance to the anti-Assad rebels.

Sounds complicated doesn’t it?

The confrontation between the two leaders follows a break-down in talks between Putin and US President Barack Obama over a deal to bring back a ceasefire and work together on strikes against Islamic State.

Is Putin right to question Australia’s involvement in Syria?



  1. Marjorie browne  

    Yes it was a valid question, and I really don,t think the Australian government really know the answer, they are not taking a lot of things into account, we don,t need any more Muslim immigrants, all they want to do is take our country for themselves, they don,t want to play by the rules , they want to change it for themselves.

  2. Cloin Oldham  

    Most certainly he is right to question the USA and Australia about what’s happening. Doesn’t mean he’s correct or not in his method of fighting Islamic State.

  3. R Read  

    I’m sure Turnbull ‘s reply should have been “we are doing what the U S tells us” and without having given any thought to the problem what so ever.

    • Peter Wood  

      Absolutely correct Australia are part of the INVADERS as the Elected Government of Syria didn’t ask them for their help they were asked by the USA who are also funding ISIL and Invading the Country for OIL and a Central Bank for their Masters. World Bank IMF Rothschild’s etc. Funding both sides is how they make money if you research UN Agenda 21 & 30 you’ll see for yourself. 🙂

  4. Roslyn Riley  

    Why do we always follow blindly where the yanks lead us. Vietnam should have warned us – but no we still do what the puppet master says – it is now time for us to stand up as one nation and say not any more USA policies for us. From this date forward we speak as a truly independent nation. NO WAY USA.

  5. dawn Jess  

    yes Putin is correct . why do we have to follow USA in one disaster after anothe r, personally I think Usa has an agenda suppling weapons , and they are always interfering in other nations affairs , tend to your own backyard first , Putin , like him or not has and is a good leader for Russia ,

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