Canada Prime Minster Slams Putin, Syria Summit: 'This Is G7 Plus One'
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(CBC) Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he is drawing a clear line between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the rest of the G8 leaders when it comes to Syria. Harper says it's clear that it's really seven countries against one — Russia — and that he does not expect Putin to drop his long-standing support of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
"Look, I think that dialogue will be interesting. I think it's important to have that kind of dialogue. But I don't think we should fool ourselves. This is G7 plus one. OK, let's be blunt. That's what this is, G7 plus one," Harper said Sunday. "We in the west have a very different perspective on this situation. Mr. Putin and his government are supporting the thugs of the Assad regime for their own reasons that I do not think are justifiable, and Mr. Putin knows my view on that." "But we will not, unless there's a big shift of position on his part, we're not going to get a common position with him at the G8."
Putin has defended Russias's stance, saying that western nations shouldn't arm fighters who eat human flesh. "One does not really need to support the people who not only kill their enemies, but open up their bodies, eat their intestines in front of the public and cameras," Putin said. "Are these the people you want to support? Are they the ones you want to supply with weapons? Then this probably has little relation to the humanitarian values preached in Europe for hundreds of years." Putin was referring to a recent video showing a Syrian rebel eating the heart of a dead soldier. 17 Jun 2013, 6:23 PM PDT