Harper growls at rival Putin

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, talk...

Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, left, and Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, talk as they take part in a family picture with other world leaders during the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague March 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 5:19 PM ET

OTTAWA - Stephen Harper says Vladimir Putin is out of touch with ordinary Russians and his head is cluttered with Cold War memories.

The prime minister was in Munich on Wednesday to snipe at the Russian president for annexing Crimea in the face international condemnation for what has been called an illegal land grab on the Black Sea.

"It's increasingly apparent to me that the Cold War has never left Vladimir Putin's mind. I think he still thinks in these terms," Harper told a business audience.

"And I think underlying his invasion of Crimea and his threats to Ukraine really is unfortunately that kind of thinking."

Harper doesn't believe the Russian people are on the same page and reminisced about his travels to the country where he said he gained a better understanding of the mindset, especially among younger Russians.


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