G8 communique represents real shift by Russia, says Canada PM

Tue Jun 18, 2013 11:05am EDT
 
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ENNISKILLEN, Northern Ireland, June 18 (Reuters) - A communique by the Group of Eight nations calling for an end to the fighting in Syria on Tuesday represents a real shift by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Tuesday.

"We have a very different outcome and much better outcome than I thought we were going to have," Harper told reporters. Before the summit, Harper had said he feared Putin's support for Syria would make a G8 agreement difficult.

"I think this was a very significant move on the part of Mr Putin and the Russians," he said.

(Reporting by William Schomberg, writing by David Ljunggren; editing by Jackie Frank)