RUSSIAN tyrant Vladimir Putin could cry off from the G20 summit amid fears he will be slapped in the face, it is claimed.
He is said to be likelier to attend virtually after a warning from his spies that he may be publicly humiliated over the Ukraine war.
A report claims he was told that one G20 attendee planned “to hit Putin in the face with an open palm in a personal meeting” at the summit in Indonesia.
The unnamed leader is said to be intent on “demonstrating his attitude towards him as a war criminal and scoundrel”.
PM Rishi Sunak has said the UK and its allies must “confront” Putin if he does attend the Bali event next week.
Indonesian leader Joko Widodo has resisted pressure from Kyiv and the West to disinvite Putin.
However he said he had a “strong impression” he would not attend but may “ask to do it virtually”.
A post, reportedly from an exiled Kremlin lieutenant-general, on a Telegram channel read: “Putin is not ready to risk being humiliated by receiving a public slap in the face.”
He also claimed Putin, 70, was aware of an increased assassination risk.
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky said he will not go if Putin attends.