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Melanie Jolie is in Ukraine to defend the country's sovereignty against Russia

Melanie Jolie is in Ukraine to defend the country’s sovereignty against Russia

Melanie Jolie believes that the consolidation of Russian forces and equipment in Ukraine and the surrounding region threatens the security of the entire region. Russia must be deterred from continuing these aggressive actions.

Tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border have persisted since Moscow’s illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Tensions have risen in recent days, after failed diplomatic talks between Moscow, Washington and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

The dangers of a new armed conflict in Europe are realThis week, the Secretary-General ofNATOJens Stoltenberg after these conversations.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (left) and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg (right) at a press conference in Brussels in December 2021 (file).

Photo: Getty Images / JOHN THYS

Many countries, including the United States and Canada, are warning Moscow that any military incursion into Ukrainian territory will have dire consequences, including harsh economic sanctions.

For his part, Russian President Vladimir Putin called forNATO It pledges not to accept Ukraine’s entry into its alliance, which includes a collective defense pact.

In this context, Melanie Jolie is on an official visit.

It is a huge signal of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s support for sending his Secretary of State at this time.A government source said, while relations between Russia and the West are going through a critical stage.

Kiev – Paris – Brussels

Minister Jolie will meet with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal and Deputy Prime Minister Olga Stefanichina. It will focus in particular on preserving the sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence of Ukraine.

Melanie Jolie will also visit Canadian forces in Ukraine. About 200 soldiers are on a training mission with the Ukrainian Armed Forces, as part of the unit’s mission.

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In this regard, Justin Trudeau spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier this week to discuss Canada’s strong and continued support and possible future assistance. Canada did not specifically say whether this assistance could include arms shipments.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at a press conference.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Photo : Reuters / Mohamed Abd El Ghany

The Minister is then scheduled to travel to Paris for a bilateral meeting with the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Jean-Yves Le Drian. After that, she will go to Brussels, in particular to meet the Secretary-General ofNATO and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell.

These meetings will focus on Russian aggression and destabilizing activities in and around Ukraine, says Global Affairs Canada.

Melanie Jolie intends to work with her international partners for Upholding the rules-based international order and preserving the human rights and dignity of Ukrainians.

When these rules are challenged, Canada must stand up and work with its allies to prevent their decline. , according to Global Affairs Canada.

conservative pressure

In Ottawa, the official opposition is urging the Liberal government to defend Ukraine more forcefully.

More needs to be done to support Ukraine, and it starts with rejecting Russia’s and President Putin’s surrender proposalssaid Michael Chung, a foreign affairs critic from the Conservative Party, who has also called on the Liberal government to extend and expand the Canadian military contingent’s mission in Ukraine.

Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence in December 1991, notably due to the strong presence of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada. January 27 marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

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