Ottawa:  Prime Minster Stephen Harper has stated, “Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is an act of aggression, a clear violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, and of international law. Canada will not recognize a referendum held in a region currently under illegal military occupation.

“We will continue to view the situation in Ukraine with the gravest concern and will continue to cooperate closely with our G-7 partners and like-minded allies.”

Earlier, Ottawa had  announced suspension of all planned bilateral activities between the Canadian Armed Forces and the military of the Russian Federation be suspended. This includes exercises, such as NORAD’s Exercise Vigilant Eagle, and scheduled meetings. The government has also suspended participation in the Canada-Russia Intergovernmental Economic Commission (IEC), established to promote economic relations between Canada and Russia.

Canada is contributing two military observers who are deploying to Ukraine now. In the statement, Prime Minister stated, “President Putin must now immediately withdraw his forces to their bases and refrain from further provocative and dangerous actions.”

Yesterday, Stephen Harper spoke with his Polish counterpart, Donald Tusk regarding the situation in Ukraine. The two leaders agreed on the importance of respecting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and that that any violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty is unacceptable.