Canada Gravely Concerned by Deaths in Ukraine, Calls on Russia to Stop Inciting Violence

May 3, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada is gravely concerned by the deteriorating security situation in eastern Ukraine and by the tragic deaths and injuries in the city of Odessa, which resulted from violence sparked by Russian provocations.

“Russia, through its state-sponsored incitement to violence and its direct support and coordination of illegal armed groups in Ukraine, continues its orchestrated campaign to threaten and destabilize Ukraine.

“The Russian Federation is only undermining and isolating itself further with these provocations. President Vladimir Putin must pull back his military assets from Ukraine’s borders, end support for illegal armed groups and respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“Canada remains determined to support Ukraine through this difficult time. We call for calm on all sides and will continue to work with our partners and allies to introduce new measures to discourage and deter Russian provocations.”

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