The Canadian Government has joined their main ally, the United States of America, and other allies in a strong message against Russian intervention in Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russian citizens and military personnel were at risk in Crimea, most notably around Sebastopol, home of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet, but ignored US President Barack Obama’s warning on Friday about a military intervention.
Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, has called a special cabinet meeting after Russia’s Parliament approved a military intervention in Ukraine earlier this week. He also pledged Canada’s “very strong support” for Ukraine’s integrity.
Mr. Harper spoke with Barack Obama earlier today (1 mar 14) over the phone and agreed on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine should be respected. He has also spoken earlier this week with his British counterpart, Prime Minister David Cameron and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is one of the main links between the Westerns leaders and Russian President, Vladimir Putin.