PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has missed his opportunity to 'shirtfront' Russia's president Vladimir Putin during an APEC 'family photo' which looked more like a Star Trek fans gathering.
As world leaders gathered in Beijing in traditional Chinese dress, Mr Abbott was placed very close to Mr Putin.
It was the first time the two leaders have been together since the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in Ukraine, which killed 38 Australians.
According to journalists, Putin walked away chatting with Chinese President Xi Jinping after the picture, leaving Mr Abbott in his wake, News Corp reported.
Twitter was abuzz after the photo with references to Star Trek.
Mr Abbott promised to "shirtfront" Mr Putin when he visits Australia for the G20 summit at the end of the week.
He has since toned down his comments to refer to a 'very robust' discussion.
However, Sky News was reporting that there may not be any meeting between the two leaders.
The comments came amid concerns about the slow investigation into the downed Malaysia Airlines flight.
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