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Minister Joly questioned on threats against staff hired in Ukraine | War in Ukraine


The Minister of Foreign Affairs raised the possibility Thursday during her appearance before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs.

MPs mostly focused on Canada’s decision to return a turbine for a Russian state-owned pipeline that supplies natural gas to Germany.

But the Globe and Mail wrote this week that, in the run-up to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Global Affairs Canada had received intelligence from the Five Eyes (the coalition Five Eyes) that Ukrainians working for Western embassies were likely on lists of people whom Moscow intended to hunt down.

Citing three unnamed diplomatic sources described as having direct knowledge of the situation, the daily reported that the ministry had ordered embassy officials in Kyiv not to release the information to Ukrainian employees, while Canadians were called back to Ottawa.

Ms. Joly told committee members Thursday that she, her political staff and the department had no information on the kill lists specifically targeting Canadian diplomats and locally hired personnel.

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She assured that she will make herself available to the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians, made up of senators and deputies with the best security clearances, if they decide to take up the issue.

The Canadian Press has not independently verified the information in the Globe and Mail.

Ms Joly also told MPs that Canada had been concerned by intelligence released by the United States earlier this year that Russia planned to target some Ukrainians in an invasion.

Of the credible information on Russian threats

Last February, days before Russia began its assault on Ukraine, the media reported that the US government hadcredible information on these threats and had warned the head of human rights at the United Nations.

It is very important that we get to the bottom of this case, said Ms. Joly on Thursday, in a heated exchange with Conservative MP Garnett Genuis. It’s something I take very seriously.

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Later, Thursday, in a statement on Twitter, Ms. Joly promised the Committee her support and collaboration if it were to study this question.

It also argues that locally engaged employees in Ukraine were kept informed of developments in the security situation and made decisions to ensure the safety of their families. They were also informed of the various possibilities of immigrating to Canada, the Minister maintains.

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