On Sunday, just ahead of the 2-day conference, Harper lashed-out at Russian President Vladimir Putin over his unwavering support of Syria's Assad regime.
"I don’t think we should fool ourselves. This is G7 + 1. Let’s be blunt," Harper told reporters when asked about dialogue the other G8 leaders will have with Putin.
"We in the West have a very different 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."
Putin has been an ally of Assad throughout the Syrian government's 2-year brutal crackdown against its citizens who have been calling for greater political rights and freedoms.
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