Was Vladimir Putin Surrounded by Other World Leaders at the G20 Summit?

A photograph purportedly showing the Russian president surrounded by political counterparts is not real.

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A photograph shows Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, surrounded by other world leaders.

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On 8 July 2017, an image purportedly showing Russian President Vladimir Putin surrounded by world leaders such as President Donald Trump went viral:

The original image showed U.S. President Donald Trump, Turkey Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the beginning of the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany — but not President Putin. The Russian leader was digitally added to the image, which originally featured the world leaders talking over an empty chair.