Canada withdraws diplomat family from Ukraine

Canada’s Foreign Minister Melanie Joly will attend a joint news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, on January 18, 2022. (Reuters / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine)

Ottawa-Canada said on Tuesday that it would temporarily withdraw the family of Ukrainian diplomats as Russian troops strengthened on the borders of Eastern European countries.

The U.S. Department of State announced on Sunday that Russia’s military action could occur at any time and ordered the diplomat’s family to leave Ukraine.

In a statement, the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said, “Temporary withdrawal of children and their families of Canadian embassy staff under the age of 18 due to ongoing efforts to strengthen and destabilize Russian troops in and around Ukraine. Was decided. “

The statement gave no further details.

Canada, which has had close ties with Moscow since Russia merged Crimea in 2014, said last week that it would provide Ukraine with a loan of up to C $ 120 million ($ 95 million).

Along David Lungren