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Canada will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea - Foreign Minister

Canada will never recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea - Foreign MinisterCanada’s Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion in an interview with Diplomat & International Canada has said that Canada will never recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and dialogue with Russia can lead to improvements for Ukraine and global security.

“Canada will never recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea. Canada has been explicit in its condemnation of Russia’s past acts of aggression, but also on areas where we think dialogue can lead to improvements for us, for Ukraine and for global security,” he said.

According to the Canadian foreign minister, the fact of talks with the Russian president doesn’t mean they agree with him. “It’s not because I agree with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin or the prime minister agrees with him. It’s precise because we disagree that we need to have strong dialogue”.

He added that Canada’s approach to relations with Russia will be “a dialogue of deterrence”.

"Deterrence and dialogue are our approaches as one of the four framework nations, and it is our bilateral approach as well. It is important that allies remain united against Russian aggression towards Ukraine. When we are at the table, we can hold individuals to account, push for action and press for change. Engagement takes many forms and we are going to pursue every avenue in the cause of peace and stability," he said.

According to Stéphane Dion, international society should remain united against Russian aggression in Ukraine.

“It is important that allies remain united against Russian aggression towards Ukraine. When we are at the table, we can hold individuals to account, push for action and press for change. Engagement takes many forms and we are going to pursue every avenue in the cause of peace and stability,” he said.
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