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Ukrainian crisis strengthens Harper’s case for keeping Putin out of the club

When G7 countries meet without Russia on Monday, it will be something Stephen Harper always wanted.

He never thought Russia belonged in the club of big industrialized democracies. And he doesn’t like Vladimir Putin.

Mr. Putin’s power play in the Crimea has given the Prime Minister a good reason to let those sentiments show. Before heading to Monday’s session of the G8-minus-Russia in the Netherlands, he stopped in Kiev to show support for the Ukrainian cause, and deliver some harsh words for the Russian President.