The general tonality of Russian media reports ahead of the G20 summit was quite reserved and sometimes even pessimistic. Some feared that the Russian president might be slammed there, some said that this meeting was senseless for Russia, but many people didn't expect anything good saying that geopolitical clouds were again getting thicker over Russia amidst the recent events surrounding it. Moreover, Vladimir Putin himself called on journalists "not to expect breakthrough decisions at the Osaka summit."
But what did the Russian president mean by proposing the press be more reserved in search for sensations, as well as in expecting bombastic statements at the G20 summit? I'm personally sure that this hinted that the most significant and breakthrough things should be sought outside the G20 summit rather than on its sidelines. And this had nothing to do with statements of Western politicians, this deals primarily with the context surrounding the 14th G20 summit, which is now to larger extent is formed in Washington, Moscow and Beijing rather than in Washington, London and Brussels.
Beyond any doubt a 90-minute meeting of Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump was the key event of the Osaka summit.
The president of Russia and the USA discussed the situation around Iran, Syria, Venezuela and Ukraine, and the conversation about Ukraine was likely to be formal, while the main result of the meeting is that the two presidents voiced no serious differences. On the contrary, the Russian and American sides of the meeting had almost a family conversation, in which on Trump's side his daughter and son-in-law took part. In fact, this was a conversation full of mutual understanding, and I would say, sincere benevolence.
Just remember the atmosphere in which the first meeting of the two presidents took place on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg in 2017. Everyone was strained up to the hilt, and there seemed to be no issue on which Putin and Trump would have agreed. Last June, Helsinki hosted the first full-scale meeting of Putin and Trump, and, as it is known, the spirit of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was probing the "interference" into the American elections, stayed there. It seemed then that any careless Trump's word would give a pretext for his opponents in the Congress to launch the impeachment procedure. What can be seen today? Today, Trump no longer is afraid of accusations of his "connections with Moscow." Today, the leaders of Russia and the USA are indeed coordinating positions of the majority of the most acute present-day problems.
Three months ago the two leaders coordinated their position on Ukraine, having freed the "independent" Ukraine from Poroshenko. They did the same a couple of weeks ago with Moldova, freeing it from Plahotniuc. Earlier, Putin and Trump had started implementing a coordinated position on Syria. They have almost reached an agreement on Venezuela recently and started discussing the Iranian situation. It seems that the Russian and US presidents are close to a mutually beneficial decision even on Russian gas for Europe. In this context those monitoring for example the process of suspending the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty should understand that in fact it is not the aspiration to oppose Russia that is behind Trump's decision on the INF Treaty.
The world is not just changing. Events that neither Russian nor foreign journalists are so far capable to evaluate have taken place over the past year. In fact, the pattern of "monetary globalism" will soon be knocked down by joint efforts of Trump, Putin and Xi Jinping. Why? Just because the three need a dollar pegged to gold. The three need a new, non-monetary economic pattern based on new approaches to global market regulators. Putin, Trump and Xi don't need a big war in the Middle East or elsewhere (although an imitation of such a war would be helpful for each of them). And one more thing, the three need Trump's victory at the 2020 presidential elections, otherwise the revenge of the American Democrats would throw the world to chaos and a real transcontinental war. That is why the US president, as if it was a joke, asked Putin at the Osaka meeting not to interfere into the upcoming US elections. Naturally, that was not a joke but a guarantee against possible future allegations on behalf of Trump's opponents.
Ahead of the Osaka summit Vladimir Putin gave a detailed interview to a journalist of British-based (!) Financial Times in which he said that "the so-called liberal idea [...] has outlived its purpose." It is this statement that can be considered as the main summit's event. Ahead of the G20 summit in Japan the Russian president actually had said that the world and Russia wouldn't be the same again. And of course no "breakthrough decisions" were made at the summit.
I believe that no matter who will say what about the summit results in the next few days, the current meeting of the G20 leaders in fact was a landmark, while Putin's statement on the soon end of liberalism was an answer to US political analyst Francis Fukuyama, who 30 years ago declared the "end of history" as confrontation between states with various ideologies and the eternal triumph of liberal ideas.
Actually, the world's development is getting to a new stage. The Russian president met on the summit's sidelines with the leaders of a dozen countries (and from my point of view the most important were the meetings with Trump and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, and a trilateral conversation in the Russia-China-India format), and each such meeting is of imperishable importance for both Russia and for the formation of the new world order based on the transition to a new globalization pattern that prompts weakening the positions of such players as the UK and EU.
As to anti-Russian outbursts in Georgia, Latvia, "independent" Ukraine so on that had preceded the G20 summit in Osaka, these are just thoroughly organized actions that are nothing but flashes of hysteria evolving in the ranks of supporters of monetarism who throw various jumpers and pro-oligarchic zombies into the "last and decisive battle" against sovereign states.
Let me remind in this context that Riyadh will host the next G20 summit, and this summit, I believe, would become another landmark on the way to asserting the "eastern vector" in G20. I also believe that it is Saudi Arabia where the three superpowers (the USA, China and Russia) will deliver the first systemic verdict against international terrorism, European neo-Nazism and the liberalism of traders and financiers who cover these two "global evils."