Canada Takes Principled Stand on Arctic Council Meetings

April 15, 2014 - Ottawa, Ontario - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council, today announced that Canada has taken a principled stand against Russia by not attending Arctic Council working-group-level meetings in Moscow this week.

These actions build upon the tough stance, including imposing sanctions, Canada has already taken against Russia for its illegal occupation of Ukraine. Canada continues to work with allies and like-minded countries to apply pressure on Russia to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine.

Canada will continue to support the important work of the Arctic Council and its initiatives.

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“Canada is proud to show leadership on the world stage through its chairmanship of the Arctic Council. As a result of Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukraine and its continued provocative actions in Crimea and elsewhere, Canada did not attend working-group-level meetings in Moscow this week. Canada will continue to support the important work of the Arctic Council.”

- The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of the Environment, Minister of the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency and Minister for the Arctic Council

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