G-20 Summit Overshadowed by Russia and Ukraine

Prime Minister Harper at the G-20 Summit - Photo by PMO
Prime Minister Harper at the G-20 Summit - Photo by PMO

Russia isolated over Ukraine at G20

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Harper has remained hawkish over the issue of possible Russian involvement in the Ukraine. When the two leaders met at the G-20 Summit, Harper reportedly said, “Well, I guess I’ll shake your hand, but I only have one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine”.

Prime Minister Harper at the G-20 Summit - Photo by PMO
Prime Minister Harper at the G-20 Summit – Photo by PMO

That engagement has overshadowed a lot of the Summit in Australia.

The G20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia came to a close on Sunday. World leaders signed a family photo.

During two days of meetings, the leaders agreed to boost flagging global growth, tackle climate change and crack down on tax avoidance.

The distance between the West and Russia plummeted to a new low over the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

U.S. President Barack Obama warned that Russia would remain isolated from the international community if it continued to back separatist rebels in Ukraine.

President Obama at the close of the Summit said, “You don’t invade other countries or finance proxies and support them in ways that break up a country that has mechanisms for democratic elections.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin left the summit earlier than planned, but not before saying a solution to the Ukraine crisis was possible.

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