The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Stephane Dion, said in his statement that Canada found no evidence to support Russia’s recent accusations against Ukraine regarding the situation in the occupied Crimea.
“I’m concerned by the increase in tension between Russia and Ukraine, and by the actions and rhetoric that are contributing to this tension. We have seen no evidence to support recent Russian accusations. At this critical juncture, Canada calls on all parties to intensify diplomatic efforts and make every effort to avoid provocations,” the statement reads.
The minister stressed that Canada continues to condemn Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and it doesn’t recognize the illegal annexation of the Crimea. “We also underscore, as have our partners and allies, the need for full implementation of the Minsk agreements, in order to end the violence and bring about a peaceful and durable solution in eastern Ukraine,” said the statement.