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A Closer Look At The "Shirtfront" Between Tony Abbott And Vladimir Putin That Never Was

Mr Abbott was just centimeters away!

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The awkward family photo of the APEC pageant threw up some juicy pairings among the contestants this year.

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None moreso than Prime Minister Tony Abbott forced to stand behind his would-be arch-nemesis Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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REMINDER: This is what Mr Abbott said he'd do to Mr Putin when he next saw him. A SHIRTFRONT!

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But despite all the promises no shirtfront was forthcoming. Whut.

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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper cleverly stepped between the two, stopping what was going to be a full blown shirtfront.

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And Mr Abbott, like an awkward teenager trying to avoid his crush, he WAS OFF! Maybe he needed a little 'Dutch courage' before the shirtfront?

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But according to The Daily Telegraph the two men did indeed have a conversation about the downing of MH17... and there was no shirfront.

Repeat. No shirtfront.

Perhaps Mr Abbott was so taken by the Star Trek-inspired shirts he instead wanted to maintain the peace, live long and prosper.