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

'Robust conversation' with Putin, not 'shirtfront'

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".