Harper Uses Handshake to Tell Putin to ‘Get Out of Ukraine’

Jason Scott and Ilya Arkhipov

Russian President Vladimir Putin got a blunt message when he approached Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a handshake at today’s Group of 20 summit in Brisbane, Australia.

“I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: you need to get out of Ukraine,” Harper told Putin, the prime minister’s spokesman Jason MacDonald said in an e-mail.

Putin’s response to the comment wasn’t positive, MacDonald said, without elaborating. Putin and Harper talked briefly, according to Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov…

…The crisis in Ukraine threatens to overshadow the two-day G-20 summit, where European leaders today called on Russia to stop supplying rebels in eastern Ukraine and warned of possible further sanctions. The summit’s host, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, has accused Russia of supplying the weapons used to shoot down Malaysian Airline System Bhd. Flight 17 over Ukraine in July, killing all 298 people on board…



Read the complete article at Bloomberg.com


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