Russia’s support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad — who has been accused of killing his own people with sarin gas and other chemical agents — all but guarantees that the G-8 nations will not come to a unanimous decision on how to proceed with assisting Syrian rebels in the country’s ongoing civil war.
At least one official at the G-8, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, suggested that Russia shouldn’t even be at the table with other world leaders.
He blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin for supporting the “thugs of the Assad regime” and all but dismissed Russia from meaningful involvement in this week’s talks.
“I don’t think we should fool ourselves. This is the G-7 plus one. Let’s be blunt, that’s what this is: the G-7 plus one,” Mr. Harper said, according to the Toronto Star.This is what leading from the front looks like.
Canada’s Harper gives up on Russia, calls summit ‘G-7 plus 1’