Harper to urge G7 to go tougher on Putin

Global News

THE HAGUE, Netherlands – Stephen Harper is expected to urge Russia’s expulsion from the G8 for its aggression in the Crimean Peninsula during an emergency G7 summit today.

The prime minister is the only G7 leader who’s personally witnessed the devastation in Kyiv and spoken face-to-face with Ukraine’s new leadership.

He’ll give a first-hand account of what he saw and heard in Ukraine over the weekend when he sits down with his G7 colleagues at the Dutch prime minister’s official residence in this pristine European capital.

Harper has called for a “complete reversal” of Russia’s annexation of Crimea and has also warned long and loudly that Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be trusted.

The G7 meeting is being held on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit, now woefully overshadowed by the ominous events playing out in eastern Europe amid the worst crisis for the region since the Cold War.

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