Russia with Putin should not rejoin G7, Canadian Prime Minister says


Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper said that Russia should not be allowed back to G7 as long as Putin is president of the country.

Harper said in an AP interview on June 4 that he doesn't expect the G7 to ever allow Putin to return, Censor.NET reports citing Radio Liberty.

"Canada would "very, very strongly oppose Putin ever sitting around that [G7] table again," Harper said.

The G7 suspended Russia from the grouping last year over its illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and Moscow's involvement in the fighting in eastern Ukraine.

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Harper's comments come ahead of the G7 summit in southern Germany on June 7-8.

He added that "Russia is more often than not trying deliberately to be a strategic rival, to deliberately counter the good things we're trying to achieve in the world than for no other reason than to just counter them."

Harper said Russian foreign policy is "to say black is white even though everyone knows the contrary" and that as long as they will "treat us like we are all stupid, there really is no point in having a dialogue with them."

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