Premier Campbell Newman says Putin may be unwelcome at G20

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman says Russian President Vladimir Putin would not be welcome in his state for November's G20 summit in Brisbane unless he allowed an independent inquiry into the MH17 disaster.

Seven Queenslanders lost their lives when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down over eastern Ukraine, possibly by pro-Russian separatists.

Mr Newman said all Queenslanders shared his expectation.

"We as a community call on President Putin and the Russian government to fully co-operate with the international community to ensure there is a proper, full, independent international investigation of this event," he said.

"If Mr Putin's not prepared to do that, then frankly I believe that Queenslanders don't want him here at the G20.

"He has the opportunity to demonstrate some good faith and that can be done by properly getting behind international efforts to get to the bottom of what is clearly in my view a crime, a terrible crime."

As Premier, Mr Newman has no power to withdraw Mr Putin's invitation but he said he would relay those sentiments to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who did have that power.

Mr Newman said he was yet to speak to the Prime Minister about the implications of the MH17 disaster on the G20.

“But that is my reading of the situation and I’m more than happy to convey that directly to him or his office,” he said.

Mr Newman received backing from Queensland Greens Senator Larissa Waters, not usually an ally, who backed calls for Mr Putin to stay away from Brisbane in November.

"Putin has a lot of questions to answer," she said.

"We've seen an assault on the people of Ukraine, we've seen the terrible loss of life with this plane being shot down.

"We still don't have the facts, but it is not looking good for Vladimir Putin and I would like him to reconsider his attendence at the G20.

"We still have a few months and we still need to be pursuing diplomatic measures, but he is not sending positive signals about wanting to participate in this global forum and I back the strong remarks of many of the other commentators on this view."

Queensland Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said: "If anyone is found responsible for this, they should not be welcomed to Brisbane for G20."

The story Premier Campbell Newman says Putin may be unwelcome at G20 first appeared on Brisbane Times.

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