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Canadian PM: No Russian return to G-8 without fundamental change of course

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, welcomes the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, right, with military honors for a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)The Associated Press

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, welcomes Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, right, with military honors for a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)The Associated Press

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, left, for a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)The Associated Press

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    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, welcomes the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, right, with military honors for a meeting in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)The Associated Press

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    Prime Minister Stephen Harper walks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he is welcomed to the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Sean Kilpatrick)The Associated Press

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Russia won't return to the Group of Eight industrialized nations unless President Vladimir Putin fundamentally changes course.

After talks Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Harper said despite "all of our efforts to make Mr. Putin a partner, he has not desired to be a partner, he's desired to be a rival, and that's just a reality we have to come to terms with."

Russia was ejected from the G-8 indefinitely this week in response to its annexation of Crimea.

Harper says he doesn't "see any way of a return of Mr. Putin to the table unless Russia fundamentally changes its course, its orientation toward the world, and its values and behaviors."

Merkel says Europe will increase sanctions if Russia escalates the situation.