Stephen Harper at G20 tells Vladimir Putin to ‘get out of Ukraine’
Prime Minister Stephen Harper has earned some love from the Australian media for his dustup with Russia’s Vladimir Putin on the first day of the Group of 20 summit.
All-news networks and Australia’s Sunday Mail reported on the prime minister’s bold admonishment to Putin to “get out of Ukraine” at a private leaders’ retreat ahead of the official opening of the summit earlier this weekend.
“Handshake came with a slapdown for Russian leader,” read the headline of the Sunday Mail piece. It featured a photo of a beaver chomping on the Russian flag.
Australia’s Business Insider also reported that Harper showed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott “how to shirtfront the Russian president.” Shirtfront is an Australian expression for smack down.
Harper’s spokesman, Jason MacDonald, said the prime minister was speaking to a group of G20 leaders at the retreat when Putin approached and extended his hand.
MacDonald said Harper told Putin: “I guess I’ll shake your hand but I have only one thing to say to you: You need to get out of Ukraine.”
According to MacDonald, Putin did not respond positively. He didn’t provide further details. (Source: CBC News)
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