Ukraine border: Trudeau warns of more Russia sanctions

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Russia could face more Western sanctions as a result of its military build-up on the Ukrainian border.

Trudeau is aggressively suggesting today that Canada will renew its modest commitment to the 200 Canadian troops in the NATO training mission in Ukraine, amid rising tensions between the West and Russia.

The Ukrainian government has been waiting for Canada to publicly renew its commitment, set to expire at the end of March, as part of a display of NATO’s solidarity with Russia at a time of rising tensions.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky renewed his call for an extension of the Canadian contribution during a phone call with Trudeau on Tuesday.

Talks between NATO and Russia leaders ended Wednesday in Brussels in an attempt to find a solution to the crisis as Moscow masses 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border, raising fears of an invasion.

Russia wants NATO to reject Ukraine’s bid to join the 30-nation military alliance, a demand that NATO and the United States flatly reject.

This report was first published by The Canadian Press on January 12, 2022.

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