Canada’s top diplomat will travel Sunday to Ukraine to assist with an emergency visit. This is to end Russian aggression , as tensions build .
” The amassing Russian troops and equipment within and around Ukraine threatens security throughout the region,” stated Melanie Joly, Foreign Minister. These aggressive actions must be stopped .”
The week-long trip, announced on Saturday , was meant to “reaffirm Canada’s steadfast support of Ukraine’s sovereignty & territorial integrity,” according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Joly’s itinerary includes a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in Kiev and a visit with 200 members of the Canadian military stationed in Ukraine to train its security forces.
The Kremlin has massed 100,000 troops along the Russia-Ukraine border in recent months — a buildup that, the US and its NATO allies fear, could mean an imminent invasion.
American and Russian negotiators in Geneva hit a stalemate this week in talks meant to defuse the military tension.
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said Thursday that Russia was “laying the groundwork” for a Ukraine invasion — using the same “playbook” as in its 2014 annexation of Crimea.