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‘Get out of Ukraine’: Canadian PM ‘shirt-fronts’ Putin at G20

Posted on 01/31/2019 | in 深圳桑拿网 | by

Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has reportedly had a showdown with Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s alleged role in eastern Ukraine.

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According to CBC News, who quoted Mr Harper’s spokesman Jason MacDonald, the Canadian leader told Mr Putin to “get out of Ukraine”. The comment was made when Mr Putin approached Mr Harper for a handshake at the leaders’ retreat on Saturday morning.

“I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine,” Mr Harper reportedly told Mr Putin.

Mr MacDonald said the Russian leader’s response wasn’t positive.

“I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.”

Mr Putin’s spokesman confirmed the comments, but told Bloomberg the meeting was “within the bounds of decency.”

“Indeed Harper told Putin that Russia should leave Ukraine,” Dmitry Peskov said. “Putin told him that this is impossible because they are not there.”

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott had previously said he was going to “shirt-front” Mr Putin over the downing of MH17, in which 38 Australians died.

The showdown comes as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop told Channel Ten this morning that Mr Putin had not been having an easy time at the G20 Summit.

“I believe President Putin has been under quite some pressure at the G20 by a number of leaders, including Australia, about the downing of MH17,” Ms Bishop said.

“But also their agressive attitude towards Ukraine, the obvious breach of territorial sovereignty and the fact that Russia refuses to acknowledge the role and the influence it has over the conflict in Ukraine.

“We are deeply concerned about Russia’s very agressive behaviour towards Ukraine and what that means for eastern Europe and that’s why a number of leaders here at the G20, including Prime Minister Cameron, Prime Minister Harper of Canada, have all taken issue with President Putin about their behaviour.”

“We should be encouraging Russia to be a responsible international citizen. If it wants to be taken seriously and if it wants to maintain its status as a significant economy, a significant nation, then it has to abide by international norms.”

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