Baird Concerned by Violence, Provocations in Eastern Ukraine

March 15, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“We remain extremely concerned about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, including the recent acts of provocation and violence carried out by pro-Russia groups in the eastern parts of the country. We send our condolences to the families and friends of those killed and wounded.

“Such violence is completely deplorable and does not form the basis of a pretext for further violations of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Canada renews its condemnation of Russia’s illegal military intervention on the Crimean peninsula and its continued provocations along the Ukrainian border.

“Canada commends the United States for proposing a resolution today at the United Nations Security Council, which Canada proudly co-sponsored, on the need for all countries to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.  President Putin continues to isolate the Russian Federation with such actions, and it is telling that only one member of the Security Council—the Russian Federation—voted against this resolution.”

Baird spoke today with Poland’s foreign minister, Radosław Sikorski. The ministers agreed on the need for close coordination in the days ahead to ensure that Poland, Canada and all our European and transatlantic partners maintain our solidarity with the government and the people of Ukraine in support of their aspirations for a country that is free, whole and democratic.

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