Stephen Harper homeward bound after headline-grabbing G20 summit

PM says it is important to keep up the pressure on Russia

BRISBANE, Australia — Stephen Harper has departed Australia following a Group of 20 summit that placed him in the international spotlight for telling Vladimir Putin to get out of Ukraine.

At the end of the summit, the prime minister said it was important to keep up the pressure on Russia while discussing his celebrated showdown with Putin.

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.

Harper said whether it take five months or 50 years, the world community must not drop the subject until Ukrainian territory is returned to Ukrainians.

He also praised efforts to tackle climate change at the summit.

U.S. President Barack Obama put climate change at the forefront of the meeting despite Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s intention to keep the focus on job creation and economic growth.

Harper says Canada wants to be part of an international agreement of binding obligations on all major emitters.

He adds Canada will contribute to global climate funds in the “not too distant future.”

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