PRIME Minister Tony Abbott is preparing to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming APEC summit.
It will be the first time the pair have met since Prime Minister Abbott claimed he would ‘shirtfront’ the Russian leader.
Both leaders arrive in China over the weekend, with the meeting planned for November 11th.
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Australia claims Russian-backed rebels shot down the ill-fated MH17 using a missile supplied by Moscow.
However Russia has rejected this, instead shifting blame to the Ukrainian Government.
All 298 people on board MH17 were killed, including 38 Australians.