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Russia expressed hope Wednesday that a koala cuddled by President Vladimir Putin at a G20 summit was alive and well after Australia said it had killed off nearly 700 of the animals. Putin joined other world leaders in posing for photographs with the much-loved Australian creature at the talks in November, a lighthearted moment in a meeting overshadowed by Russia's confrontation with the West over Ukraine. "We are hoping that the animals the G20 leaders were photographed with during a summit in Brisbane were not among those that were euthanised," the Russian embassy in Australia said on Facebook. "There is a false impression that at the G20 summit Vladimir Putin conducted a meeting only with a koala," another popular Twitter account said at the time.