Mr. Zelensky conveyed this message to Mr. Trudeau during a telephone interview Tuesday morning, on the eve of a key meeting in Brussels, between the alliance of the 30 countries of theNATO and Russia.
The meeting aims to defuse the lingering tension between the West and the Kremlin, as the Russian military massages on Ukraine’s eastern border, stoking fears of an invasion.
Russia asked theNATO to ensure that it does not extend eastward into Ukraine, a demand that the alliance and Ukraine itself categorically reject.
The position of the Western countries in the dialogue with Russia must remain firm and decisive. We must be ready for the immediate introduction of a preventive package of sanctions against Russia to counter the aggressive intentions of the Kremlinthe Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said, citing Zelensky’s comments.
He reiterated to Trudeau that the West must not give in to Moscow’s demands to curb the expansion of the United States.NATO.
NATO should not influence the process of our integration into the alliance “,” text “:” No one other than Ukraine and NATO should influence the process of our integration into the alliance “}}”>No one other than the Ukraine and theNATO should not influence the process of our integration into the alliance, said Zelensky.
A Canadian account of the appeal was not immediately available.
Canadian military contribution to Ukraine
Mr. Zelensky also urged Canada to extend its contribution of 200 military personnel to a military training mission of theNATO in Ukraine, which is due to expire at the end of March.
The two leaders also
agreed on the need for joint efforts to obtain adequate compensation for the families of the 176 passengers who were killed when the Iranian military shot down flight 752 from
Ukrainian International Airlines two years ago. The majority of those killed were from Canada, as well as Ukrainian, Swedish, British and Afghan nationals.
Earlier on Tuesday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister said that any concession from theNATO to Russia that it did not extend the alliance eastward would be a strategic defeat.
The Russian Federation had started talks on so-called “security guarantees” to raise the stakes to the maximum by making intentionally unacceptable demandsUkrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said in a statement provided by the Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa.
000men, brandish weapons on the borders of Ukraine, take Crimea hostage and fight in Donbass, that Russian special services undermine the security of Belarus’s borders with Poland and Lithuania, and that gas supplies are transformed into an instrument of foreign policy. “,” text “:” The situation appears all the more cynical as Russia demands security guarantees while its forces, more than 100,000 strong, brandish arms on Ukraine’s borders , take Crimea hostage and fight in Donbass, that Russian special services undermine Belarusian border security with Poland and Lithuania, and that gas supply is turned into an instrument of foreign policy. “}}” >The situation appears all the more cynical as Russia demands security guarantees while its forces, over 100,000 strong, brandish weapons on the borders of Ukraine, take Crimea hostage and fight in Donbass, that the Russian special services undermine the security of Belarus’s borders with Poland and Lithuania, and that the gas supply is transformed into an instrument of foreign policy.Mr. Kuleba added in the statement.
In 2014, Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula after the ouster of its pro-Moscow leader, and threw its weight behind a separatist insurgency in the east of the country, where more than seven years of fighting has killed more than 14,000 people.
A 2015 peace accord, brokered by France and Germany, brought an end to large-scale battles, but frequent skirmishes continued and efforts to negotiate a political settlement failed.
Zelensky on Tuesday met with French and German officials who traveled to Kiev after talks in Moscow the previous week to discuss prospects for another four-way meeting between leaders of Russia and Ukraine. , France and Germany, on the conflict.
” It is time to have substantive talks on ending the conflict, and we are ready to take the necessary decisions at a new summit of the leaders of the four countries. “
With information from the‘Associated Press