The Canadian Press: BRISBANE, Australia - Stephen Harper said Sunday it's important to keep up the pressure on Ukraine as he discussed his celebrated showdown with the Russian president at the Group of 20 summit in Australia.
Speaking to the Canadian media at the end of the
meeting, the prime minister grinned when asked about his admonishment
to Vladimir Putin to get out of Ukraine, though quickly checked himself.
"It is necessary for all of us to keep the pressure on Mr.
Putin and his regime and to do so over the long term, to make it clear
that it will not be business as usual," he said.
"We cannot have a major power in this day and
age seize the sovereign territory of another country, and simply move on
as if nothing's happened."
If the world community eases up on Russia for
its annexation of Crimea earlier this year, he added, it will only whet
Putin's appetite for similar aggression.
"We send the message, as I think we have in
Canada, that whether it takes fives months or 50 years, we're not going
to drop the subject until Ukrainian territory is returned to