Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and his foreign minister, John Baird, harshly criticized Russia on Friday, demanding it to back down from its military operations near Ukraine to reduce tension in the region. The federal government demanded Russia to honor an agreement enforced years ago that guaranteed Ukraine’s independence.
The statements were prompted by several accusations made by members of Ukraine’s new government that Russia had begun a military invasion. In response to which, Russia confirmed on Friday that its armored vehicles from Black Sea Fleet moved around Crimea for “security” reasons. Mr. Harper mentioned that “as Canadians we emphasize our very strong support – and we emphasize this to all the countries in the region – our very strong support for the territorial integrity and the respect of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.” While attending an event in Brampton, Ont., Harper stated that “we remain very supportive of the Ukrainian people in their desire for democracy and a better future.”