Canada and the Netherlands Stand United for Ukraine, European Prosperity

May 2, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and Frans Timmermans, the Netherlands’ Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement at the conclusion of their bilateral visit in Ottawa:

“Canada and the Netherlands have a rich history of friendship and cooperation which is underpinned by strong social, political and historical ties. This year, as our two countries celebrate the 75th anniversary of the establishment of Canada’s diplomatic presence in the Netherlands, we look forward to new opportunities for cooperation—ones that build on our shared values of freedom, peace and prosperity.

“Today, in the face of Russia’s unacceptable behaviour, Canada and the Netherlands again stand united in support of Ukraine’s democratic future as a sovereign, unified and prosperous European state, free of Russian interference and threats.

“Canada and the Netherlands strongly condemn Russia’s use of provocation, in particular the military buildup around its borders. We jointly call on Russia to follow through on its Geneva commitments to de-escalate the crisis. Anything less will be deemed unacceptable.

“As friends, allies and partners for democracy, human rights and the rule of law, Canada and the Netherlands will continue to work closely to support the Ukrainian people as they move towards elections to establish a peaceful government that respects their democratic rights.”

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