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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2014
Russia has been rebuked by Western
leaders about its role in the Ukraine crisis,
at a G20 summit in Australia.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
told Russian President Vladimir Putin that
he needed to "get out of Ukraine."
US President Barack Obama said
Moscow s "aggression" in Ukraine was a
"threat to the world", while the UK threat-
ened more sanctions unless Russia stopped
"destabilising" its neighbour.
The two-day summit in Brisbane is
focusing on promoting economic growth.
World leaders are expected to elaborate
on plans agreed by G20 finance ministers
in February to boost global growth by two
per cent in five years.
However, yesterday, the first of the two-
day summit, was dominated by Ukraine,
where pro-Russian separatists have been
fighting government forces in eastern
Ukraine and its Western allies have
accused Russia of sending military forces
across the border, something the Kremlin
The EU imposed sanctions when Russia
annexed Crimea in March and has added
further measures since.
Before the G20 summit began, UK Prime
Minister David Cameron said there would
"have to be a very different relationship"
between Europe and Russia if "we continue
to see Russian troops" inside Ukraine,
adding that there was "the potential for
Cameron later held a private meeting
with Putin. The two discussed "rebuilding
relations," Mr Putin s spokesman Dmitry
The Russian president faced a frosty
reception from Canada s Harper.
"I ll shake your hand, but I only have
one thing to say to you: you need to get
out of Ukraine," Harper told him, the Cana-
dian leader s spokesman said.
President Obama said the US was at the
forefront of "opposing Russia s aggression
against Ukraine, which is a threat to the
AUSTRALIA---President Barack Obama vig-
orously defended his commitment to strength-
ening US ties with the Asia Pacific, arguing
yesterday that while a flurry of crises elsewhere
in the world have demanded his attention,
those matters have not weakened his dedica-
tion to this fast-growing region.
"There are times when people have been
skeptical of this rebalance, they re wondering
whether America has the staying power to sus-
tain it," Obama said during remarks in Brisbane,
"I m here to say that American leadership in
the Asia Pacific will always be a fundamental
focus of my foreign policy."
Obama has long faced questions about his
commitment to putting the Asia Pacific at the
centre of his foreign policy, an effort he sees
as a core part of his presidential legacy.
Politically weakened in the US as he enters
his final two years in office, Obama arrived in
the region this week also facing skepticism
about whether he has the power to follow
through on his pledges.
During a speech at the University of Queens-
land, the president argued that challenges around
the world often have the effect of deepening
ties between the US and the Asia Pacific rather
than creating divides.
He singled out the conflict between Russia
and Ukraine, noting that 38 Australians were
killed when Moscow-backed rebels shot down
a commercial airliner.
"As your ally and friend, America shares the
grief of these Australian families and we share
the determination of your nation for justice and
accountability," he said.
Obama devoted a significant portion of his
remarks to addressing the complex relationship
between the US and China, his first stop on a
week-long tour of the region that also included
a visit to Myanmar. Given its size and rapid
growth, Obama said China, too, will inevitably
play a critical role in the future of the Asia
"The question is what kind of role will it
play," he said. He said that while the US wel-
comes the rise of a peaceful and responsible
China, the Asian power must "adhere to the
same rules as other nations."
The president s tone toward China was notice-
ably tougher during his remarks in Australia
than during his three days in Beijing, where he
and President Xi Jinping sought to emphasise
their areas of agreement. Obama s shift in
emphasis reflects the concern among other
nations in the region about China s increasing
aggression, particularly in its territorial disputes
Following his remarks, Obama headed into
meetings on global growth with G20 leaders.
US President Barack Obama, centre, gives a thumbs-up after taking a group photo with other world leaders during the G20 Summit in
Brisbane, Australia, yesterday. With Obama from left are, Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key, Chinese President Xi Jinping, British
Prime Minister David Cameron, President of Mauritania Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, Myanmar's
President Thein Sein, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. AP PHOTO
US President defends
Russia plans to send long-range bombers to
the Gulf of Mexico in what appears to be
Moscow s latest provocative maneuver in its
increasingly frosty relations with the West.
Defense minister Sergey Shoigu said Wednes-
day that "we have to maintain (Russia s) military
presence in the western Atlantic and eastern
Pacific, as well as the Caribbean and the Gulf
of Mexico," including sending bombers "as part
of the drills."
It s an argument US officials don t seem to
"We do not see the security environment as
warranting such provocative and potentially
destabilising activity," a senior Obama admin-
istration official said Thursday.
US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki
offered a similar response.
"We don t think there is a current situation
in the western Atlantic and eastern Pacific or
the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico that war-
rants additional flights in out-of-area territory,"
Shoigu said that Russia will also boost its
security in Crimea, the region it annexed from
Ukraine earlier this year. (CNN)
Russia to send
Gulf of Mexico
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