Ottawa-Canada deploys hundreds more troops in Eastern Europe and imposes new sanctions on Russia in response to President Vladimir Putin’s decision to send troops to two regions in eastern Ukraine Said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday.
“We hope Russia will fall, stop violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and Ukraine’s territorial integrity, and return to the negotiating table,” Trudeau said at a press conference in Ottawa.
Putin’s move to send troops to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions took place hours after signing a decree recognizing these areas as independent, with Russian troops being deployed as “peacekeepers.” Stated.
Donetsk and Luhansk have been involved in the battle for the past eight years since Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and began providing support to pro-Russian separatists in the two eastern regions. An estimated 14,000 people died in the conflict.
Trudeau blamed Putin’s actions alongside Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, and Defense Minister Anita Anand.
“Don’t make a mistake. This is a further invasion of the sovereign state and is absolutely unacceptable,” he added. “Russia’s brave provocation is a threat to world security and peace.”
Trudeau said up to 460 members of the Canadian Army have been dispatched to Latvia and its surrounding areas to strengthen NATO in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The new army is deployed with additional Navy frigate and Aurora surveillance aircraft, and is on top of 540 army members already deployed in Latvia, which leads NATO’s battlegroup.
The Prime Minister also said Canada, along with its allies, is taking steps to financially isolate Russia by imposing economic sanctions on many Russian parliamentarians, business leaders and companies, including banks and defense companies. Stated.
Canada also bans the purchase of Russian sovereign debt and financial transactions with Donetsk and Luhansk.