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Ukraine Crisis: Canada Steps Up Rhetoric, Threatens Russia with Further Isolation from International Community

OTTAWA, 8th April 2014, (SPNW) - The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development has stepped up criticism of President Vladimir Putin and of Russian policy on Ukraine and Crimea. In a statement issued yesterday the Canadian Government threatened further isolation of Russia from the international community. Based upon recent events this likely implies the implementation of further Canadian and international sanctions against the country.

Béatrice Fénelon spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development told SPNW NewsWire in a written statement "We remain extremely concerned about the ongoing crisis in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, and continue to call for Russia to respect Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity."

The department spokesperson also stated "Any additional escalations by Russia will lead to further isolation from the international community."

Canadian Prime Minister Steven Harper spared no words when making a statement on the occasion of the appointment of Norwegian Jens Stoltenberg as NATO Secretary General. In his statement of 25th March PM Harper forcefully condemned "Russia’s illegal military occupation in Crimea and the violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity".

According to Canada which together with Costa Rica, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine sponsored the United Nations Resolution of 27th March 2014, the popular referendum to annex Crimea to Russia is illegal and void. Canada, the EU and the United States each accuse Russia of violating Article 2 of the UN Charter and UN Resolution 2625 of 24th October 1970 which prohibit countries from interfering with the territorial integrity or national unity of a state through threats or violence.

Russian Foreign Minister Draws the Line for Creeping NATO

The Russian Foreign Ministry has voiced strong concerns over what it considers to be a deceptive and non-stop process of eastward NATO expansion and which may be contributing to the standoff.

In a March 2014 interview with the programme Vesti v subbotu s Sergeem Brilyovim Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said about NATO expansion "They promised that it will not be so, they deceived us. They promised that NATO’s military infrastructure will not move to our border, they deceived us."

SPNW Newswire contacted the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They declined to comment on yesterday's statement by the Canadian Government.

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