Harper wanted to get big headlines and photo-op for meeting with Vladimir Putin. He wanted to have bragging rights that he raised the issue of Syria and Iran with Putin. But it looks Putin basically told him to take a hike.
According to a University of Toronto Professor, Seva Gunitsky, and a CBC reporter, Laurie Graham, this meeting might have actually hurt Canadian-Russian relations and Canadian trade with Russia, currently at $3 billion, might have been jeopardized.
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