BRISBANE, Australia, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- After a rocky few days at the G20 Summit in Australia, Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly ducked out early on Sunday morning.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Putin cited a need for sleep for his early exit. He said the trip home to Moscow would take 18 hours, and that he needed at least four hours sleep before he went back to work on Monday.
Al Jazeera reported that Putin said his early exit had nothing to do with tensions over Ukraine.
In fact, in recent days, Russia has tried to downplay claims that Putin received a frosty reception from other world leaders who accuse him of backing rebels in the Ukraine, which has been under siege. Putin denied Sunday that he was leaving early due to pressure other world leaders had put on him over the situation in the Ukraine.
In a critical speech last week, U.S. Preident Barak Obama also implied Russian had a hand in bringing down Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 over Ukraine and called fo accountability and justice. Some 38 Australians died in the crash, which has been a tense topic at the summit in Brisbane.
The summit concluded Sunday.