- Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has arrived in Europe to meet with allies about the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.
- PM Harper will also meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) during his trip.
- Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, has called for a no-fly zone over his country as well as chastised NATO for refusing to impose one.
Justin Trudeau, the PM of Canada, has arrived in Europe to meet with allies about the escalating situation in Ukraine.
Trudeau is scheduled to meet with the prime ministers of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands on Monday in London. He will also meet with other leaders in Riga, Latvia, Berlin, and Warsaw, Poland, in the coming days.
During his trip, PM will also meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.
Trudeau left Canada as a second attempt to evacuate civilians from a Ukrainian port city failed.
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Residents were anticipated to leave Mariupol during the 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. local ceasefire. Still, Interior Ministry adviser Anton Gerashchenko later stated the evacuations had been halted due to an ongoing Russian assault.
According to the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office, he will work with European allies to respond to Russia’s military aggression as well as the humanitarian challenges posed by the conflict, which has forced over a million individuals to flee Ukraine since early last night.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the president of Ukraine, has pleaded for a no-fly zone over his country and chastised NATO for refusing to impose one.
However, NATO has refused because Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that such a move would be considered hostile.
In an interview, European Union leader Charles Michel stated that deploying fighter jets over Ukraine might be considered “NATO’s entry into the war” and thus risk World War III.
Instead, the Western alliance has sent weapons and defensive equipment to Ukraine while waging economic warfare against Russia.
Melanie Joly, Canada’s foreign affairs minister, has been in Europe for the past few days, meeting with NATO as well as European Commission officials to discuss ongoing sanctions against Russia.
Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of International Development, has announced that he will travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to meet with UN officials and other international partners to debate the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine and also the situation in Afghanistan as well as the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sajjan intends to travel to Eastern Europe after meetings in Geneva on Monday.
Meanwhile, rallies with the help of Ukraine continued for the second weekend in a row in Canada.
On Sunday afternoon, a crowd of nearly a dozen people gathered in Parc LaFontaine, one of Montreal’s largest parks, to march down the streets to press Canadian politicians to do more.
Raymond Legault, one of the organizers of Sunday’s rally for Quebec’s Echec a la Guerre, called on Russia to halt its assault and urged all parties involved to negotiate as well as compromise.
“This isn’t something you can just graze aside and dismiss,” Legault explained. “It isn’t. These are massive military forces, right? Unfortunately for those who find themselves caught in the crossfire between superpowers, there isn’t much else we can do but negotiate.
“We recognize Ukraine’s right to self-defense, but war is not the solution.” This has to come to an end.”
Source: Global News
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