Baird Visits Norway, Reaffirms Canada’s Position on Ukraine and the Arctic

August 22, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today concluded a visit to Norway, the first stop in a trip to Europe for meetings with key partners and allies to promote the need for strong coordination on a number of global security and humanitarian challenges.

While in Norway, Baird met with his counterpart, Børge Brende, to exchange views on the situation in Ukraine and discuss the need to show strong resolve in the face of Russia’s unacceptable and illegal actions, and the need to continue to support the people of Ukraine.

“Minister Brende and I remain united in our support for Ukraine and continue to condemn Russia’s actions,” said Baird. “Canada will continue to work with its allies and partners to put financial and political pressure on those who seek to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

Baird and Minister Brende also exchanged views on bilateral cooperation in areas such as defence and the Arctic and touched on shared work done through the Arctic Council, which Canada is currently chairing.

“Norway is a strong international partner and NATO ally for Canada. We continue to enjoy a strong bilateral relationship and work closely on a number of multilateral issues, particularly on the Arctic,” said Baird. “We appreciate Norway’s support on this issue.”

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