Putin has already met Chinese President Xi Jinping and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (again, after a political rapprochement) shortly before, and at, the G-20 summit as well as holding other meetings with global leaders at the Eastern Economic Forum held in the Russian city of Vladivostok on Friday and Saturday.
Continuing a busy weekend, Putin was in the front row of G-20 family photo in China on Sunday, standing between Turkey's Erdogan and French President Francois Hollande. Analysts were quick to pick up on Putin's presence and his busy schedule at the summit.
"The beaming Putin underlines that he is having a good G-20, marking himself out as 'the' man to meet, after a good session earlier with (Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo) Abe, (South Korean President) Park and (former Australian Prime Minister Kevin) Rudd in Vladivostok," Timothy Ash, head of central eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa credit strategy at Nomura International, said in a note Monday.
"Even (U.K. PM Theresa) May was given an audience," Ash continued. "He (Putin) has had one-on-ones with Erdogan, May, (Saudi) Prince Salman bin Saud, (German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and (French President Francois) Hollande. Even Obama has had to mark some time in his diary to meet Putin, although the U.S. will look to play this down."
"I don't think there are great power deals in the air, as Putin wanted, but Putin will view this as his diplomatic coming in from the cold, and will sell this at home as Russia's diplomatic isolation ending because Russia is a great power," Ash said.
Ash noted that Putin's hobnobbing with world leaders would play well back home in Russia, where Putin has maintained high popularity ratings despite Russia's recent isolation. That popularity will be put to the test later this month during State Duma elections.