Putin plans to attend G20 summit in Australia - agency cites Kremlin's spokesman

Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) chairs a meeting of the Security Council, as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sits next to him, at the Kremlin in Moscow, September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Aleksey Nikolskyi/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to attend a Group of 20 summit in the Australian city of Brisbane, Interfax news agency said on Monday, despite calls for the hosts to prevent him attending because of Russia's role in the Ukraine crisis.

"The president is continuing to prepare for the upcoming summit of the G20 in Australia," the agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly, editing by Elizabeth Piper)