Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs condemning Russia’s actions in the Kerch Strait


November 26, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada strongly condemns Russia’s actions against Ukraine in the Sea of Azov and Kerch Strait.

“We call on Russia to immediately de-escalate, release the captured crew and vessels and not impede passage through the Kerch Strait.

“Yesterday, I spoke with Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister, and assured him of Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty. Canada is also in contact with its G7 and NATO allies on this matter.

“The Government of Canada is unequivocal in its support for Ukraine and in its condemnation of Russia’s illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea. Canada will always be a steadfast partner of the people of Ukraine, and we will continue to work with our allies to hold Russia to account for its unacceptable behaviour.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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