- Canada’s embassy in Ukraine will reopen soon, according to Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly, following in the footsteps of its friends.
- As fears of a Russian invasion rose, Canada closed its embassy in Kyiv on February 12 and relocated its diplomatic personnel to Lviv, in western Ukraine.
- Former Canadian ambassador to Russia Jeremy Kinsman believes the country should never have relocated its diplomatic presence out of Ukraine.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly says Canada’s embassy in Ukraine will reopen soon, following in its friends’ footsteps.
On Thursday, Joly said Ottawa is examining “various options” to do so while testifying before the Senate foreign affairs and international trade committee.
“My goal is to do this in the following days, weeks.” We just need to make sure that employees are safe, and we’re keeping an eye on what our other Five Eyes colleagues and partners are up to,” Joly added.
As predictions of a Russian invasion grew, Canada closed its embassy in Kyiv on February 12 and transferred diplomatic staff to the western city of Lviv. Since then, the entire crew has been relocated to Poland.
Russian armies entered the country nearly two weeks later.
Last Friday, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson indicated that the country planned to resume on-the-ground diplomacy in Ukraine this week. Similar proposals have been announced by the United States, France, and Italy.
The Canadian government is now under increased pressure to follow suit. On Thursday morning, Joly said she discussed the matter with Larisa Galadza, Canada’s ambassador to Ukraine.
Jeremy Kinsman, a former Canadian ambassador to Russia, believes Canada should never have moved its diplomatic mission out of Ukraine.
“We shouldn’t have left in the first place.” The embassy should not have been closed. I’m not sure why govt’s keep forgetting what we’ve learned in the past… “You don’t walk out on the government because our embassies are accredited to a government,” he stated on CTV News Channel’s Power Play last Friday.
Senators also pressed Joly on how seriously Canada might take Russian President Vladimir Putin’s nuclear threat.
According to the minister, the globe must be prepared for any eventuality.
“Since Ukrainian forces are resisting far more than they imagined,” she continued, “it won’t be the last time Russia makes threats.”
In what officials call a “special military operation,” Russia continues to advance in Ukraine’s southern and eastern territories.
Those advances are likely to accelerate in the days running up to May 9, also known as “Victory Day” in Russia, a festival honoring the Soviet Union’s role in liberating Nazi Germany.
The date, according to Joly, is the reason for the recent spike in military aid supplies to Ukraine.
While meeting her counterpart in Washington on Thursday, Defence Minister Anita Anand told reporters that Canadian troops are presently instructing the Ukrainian military to operate the M777 cannons they provided them last week.
Source: CTV News
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