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Mélanie Joly on a mission to Ukraine to defend her sovereignty against Russia

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Consolidation of Russian troops and equipment in and around Ukraine jeopardizes the security of the entire region, believes Mélanie Joly. Russia must be deterred from continuing these aggressive actions.

Tensions have persisted on the Ukraine-Russia border since Moscow’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. They have escalated in recent days, following failed diplomatic talks between Moscow, Washington and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The risks of a new armed conflict in Europe are real, indicated this week the secretary general of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization, Jens Stoltenberg, following these talks.

Volodymyr Zelensky and Jens Stoltenberg.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (right) at a press conference in Brussels in December 2021 (files).

Photo: Getty Images / JOHN THYS

Many countries, including the United States and Canada, are warning Moscow that any military incursion into Ukrainian territory would have serious consequences, including the concerted imposition of harsh economic sanctions.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin demands that theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization pledges never to accept Ukraine into its alliance, which includes a collective defense pact.

It is in this context that Mélanie Joly makes an official visit.

It’s a big signal of support from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to send his Minister of Foreign Affairs at this time., said a government source, while relations between Russia and the West are at a critical stage.

Kyiv – Paris – Brussels

Minister Joly will meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanishyna. It will place particular emphasis on maintaining the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine.

Mélanie Joly will also visit Canadian troops in Ukraine. About 200 soldiers are on a training mission with the Ukrainian armed forces, as part of the Unifier mission.

In this regard, Justin Trudeau spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy earlier this week, to discuss Canada’s strong and continued support and the assistance that could be provided in the future. Canada has not specifically stated whether this assistance could include the shipment of weapons.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at a press conference.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

Photo: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The Minister will then travel to Paris for a bilateral meeting with the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. She will then go to Brussels, in particular for a meeting with the Secretary General of theNorth Atlantic Treaty Organization and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.

These meetings will focus on Russia’s aggression and destabilizing activities in and around Ukraine says Global Affairs Canada.

Mélanie Joly intends to work with her international partners to uphold the rules-based international order and preserve the human rights and dignity of Ukrainians.

When these rules are challenged, Canada must stand up and work with its allies to prevent their deterioration. , according to Global Affairs Canada.

Conservative pressure

In Ottawa, the official opposition urges the Liberal government to defend Ukraine more solidly.

More needs to be done to support Ukraine, and it starts with rejecting Russian and President Putin’s surrender proposals, said Conservative Foreign Affairs critic Michael Chong, who is also calling on the Liberal government to extend and expand the Canadian military’s Unifier mission in Ukraine.

Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence in December 1991, in particular because of the strong presence of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada. January 27 will mark the 30and anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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