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World summits’ ‘family photos’ show Putin’s isolation

World summits' 'family photos' show Putin's isolation

These are known as “family photos,” images of world leaders posing in fake relaxation at world summits.

And like the portrait of a family that has isolated a dysfunctional member, recent “family photos” of the G7 and G8 – the world’s most industrialized nations – show Russian President Vladimir How Putin was shunned.

The Russian president has faced unprecedented international isolation since his country invaded Ukraine in February 2022. The International Criminal Court’s arrest warrant hung over him and made dimmed the prospect of going to many new destinations, including those seen as allies of Moscow.

Just 10 years ago, Putin stood proudly among his then-presidents – former US President Barack Obama, former German Chancellor Angela Merkel and former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe – at a summit. of the G8 in Northern Ireland. But Russia was excluded from the group, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Great Britain and the United States, for illegally annexing Crimea in 2014.

Pictures from this year’s G8 summit show the leaders of the same government, minus Putin.