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    Tories allege Liberals ‘never intended’ to arm Kurds against Daesh
    May28

    Tories allege Liberals ‘never intended’ to arm Kurds against Daesh

    The Conservatives are claiming the Liberals were never actually planning to send lethal weapons to arm the Kurds in their fight against Daesh, despite an early government promise to send $10 million worth of deadly arms to the Peshmerga. Those weapons, including sniper rifles, C-6 machine guns, mortars and anti-tank missiles, are currently...

    Canadian weapons destined for Kurds should go to Ukraine instead: Conservatives
    May28

    Canadian weapons destined for Kurds should go to Ukraine instead: Conservatives

    OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives want the federal government to give Ukraine $9.5 million worth of military equipment originally intended to help Kurdish forces in their fight against Islamic militants in Iraq. The Trudeau government announced 15 months ago that it would give the Kurds weapons — including rifles, machine-guns, light...

    Federal government mum on Canadian arms exports to Ukraine
    May17

    Federal government mum on Canadian arms exports to Ukraine

    The federal government isn’t saying whether it has authorized the export of any Canadian-made weapons to Ukraine, where government troops and Russian-backed separatists are fighting. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced in December that Canadian companies and individuals could apply for permission to export prohibited...

    Freeland’s view of global clash of ideologies has Putin, Russia at its heart
    Apr20

    Freeland’s view of global clash of ideologies has Putin, Russia at its heart

    Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland sees the clash between the forces of democracy and authoritarianism as a defining conflict of our time, and she blames one country that she knows extremely well — Russia. That world view will form the frame for Freeland and her fellow G7 foreign ministers as they meet Sunday to tackle […] The post...

    Diplomats warn Canada of Russian meddling in finance and elections
    Dec24

    Diplomats warn Canada of Russian meddling in finance and elections

    Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland planned to use a Friday meeting in Ukraine to get more information on reports that a man arrested there on suspicion of spying for Russia sat in on a meeting in the Prime Minister’s Office this fall. But Canadian officials refused to say how seriously they take the incident, and […] The post...

    Liberal government opens door to Canadian arms exports to Ukraine
    Dec16

    Liberal government opens door to Canadian arms exports to Ukraine

    THE CANADIAN PRESS — The Trudeau government is opening the door to the export of Canadian-made weapons and ammunition to Ukraine in what is being touted as a sign of Canada’s enduring support for the battle-scarred country. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Wednesday that Ukraine has been added to the Automatic Firearms...

    A war on ice: Ukraine, four years after Maidan
    Dec07

    A war on ice: Ukraine, four years after Maidan

    The Ukraine Crisis marks its four year anniversary this month. The crisis began on the Maidan Square in late November 2013 and escalated throughout December following the decision of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement with the EU and to instead move towards a closer economic partnership with Russia. The...

    A war on ice: Ukraine, four years after Maidan
    Dec07

    A war on ice: Ukraine, four years after Maidan

    The Ukraine Crisis marks its four year anniversary this month. The crisis began on the Maidan Square in late November 2013 and escalated throughout December following the decision of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych not to sign the Association Agreement with the EU and to instead move towards a closer economic partnership with Russia. The...

    Why we’re not putting peacekeepers on the ground in Ukraine — or anywhere else
    Nov14

    Why we’re not putting peacekeepers on the ground in Ukraine — or anywhere else

    It’s an awkward moment for Canada to be hosting a UN meeting of defence ministers to talk about peacekeeping … since we’re not really doing that anymore. In fairness, nobody is … because it isn’t really peacekeeping anymore. It’s a very dangerous new world of peacemaking for the soldiers in blue helmets and berets....

    Ukrainian PM urges ‘unbearable’ consequences for Russian aggression
    Oct31

    Ukrainian PM urges ‘unbearable’ consequences for Russian aggression

    The consequences of Russian aggression in Ukraine must be “unbearable” for the Putin regime — or it won’t stop. That was the message Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman delivered today to a joint meeting of the House of Commons defence, foreign affairs and trade committees in Ottawa. Groysman, who is pro-Western and was viewed by...

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