Baird Concludes Visit to Finland

June 26, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today wrapped up a successful visit to Finland, where he met with President Sauli Niinistö and Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja to advance a number of foreign policy priorities, including Canada’s strong commitment to supporting peace and prosperity in Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression and provocation.

“A strong and united response is required in light of President Putin’s refusal to fully respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and, in this regard, we welcome Finland’s support of the EU sanctions against Russia,” said Baird. “Canada will continue to work closely with its allies and partners and take any further actions required to support stability and security in the region.”

During his visit, Baird also met aboard a Finnish icebreaker with Arctic officials and business leaders to advance Canada-Finland Arctic cooperation.

“Canada and Finland are strong Arctic partners,” said Baird. “Canada is grateful for Finland’s support on Canada’s Arctic Council chairmanship initiatives, including its leadership role in facilitating the creation of the Arctic Economic Council. Canada strongly welcomes Finland’s high-tech Arctic expertise in the economic development of the Canadian Arctic.”

Baird continues to meet with key allies to promote a coordinated approach on how to address the situation in Ukraine.

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