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Tony Abbott calls Russia a bully as he steps up criticisms over Ukraine
Article by: TheAustralian.com
June 09, 2014
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Hours after Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper called Mr Putin an “extreme nationalist” and imperialist, Mr Abbott backed the criticism and expressed concerns of his own about the “affront” to international stability from Russia’s actions.

Mr Abbott made the remarks in the Canadian capital a few hours after he had arrived from France, where he held talks with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on international security.

While European countries have been reluctant to cause an outright breach with Russia, the Canadian government has taken a hard line against the incursions into Crimea and the eastern provinces of the Ukraine.

Mr Abbott said Russia was trying to “bully” its neighbours.

“It’s bitten off the Crimea and it’s obviously interfering in Ukraine and this should stop, this should stop.

“No country has a right to bully another country just because it can.”

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