Gee, that was quick — this week’s G-8 summit is already off to a rocky start.
Russia’s support for the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad — who has been accused of killing his own people with sarin gas and other chemical agents — all but guarantees that the G-8 nations will not come to a unanimous decision on how to proceed with assisting Syrian rebels in the country’s ongoing civil war.
“I don’t think we should fool ourselves. This is the G-7 plus one. Let’s be blunt, that’s what this is: the G-7 plus one,” Mr. Harper said, according to the Toronto Star.
The group is holding its annual meeting this week at a resort in Northern Ireland, with the Syrian civil war expected to dominate the agenda. The recent U.S. decision to arm Syrian rebel forces has been met with approval from Great Britain, France and other nations.
Following his own meeting with Mr. Putin, British Prime Minister David Cameron on Sunday said he believes the nations can “overcome these differences” with Russia and work together to end the Syrian conflict and keep the nation from breaking apart.
Mr. Harper, however, does not seem to share that optimism.
“Unless there’s a big shift on [Putin‘s] part, we’re not going to get a common position with him at the G8,” he said.