CANADA, UKRAINE TALK SANCTIONS, EXTENDING TRAINING MISSIONS IN HOPES OF COOLING TENSIONS WITH RUSSIA
Jan 11, 2022
By Bob Komsic
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky talked about extending Canada’s military training mission and the possibility of more sanctions on Moscow as 3,000 Russian soldiers conducted a training exercise on the border with Ukraine.
Zelensky says they talked about the security situation in Donbas, the eastern part of Ukraine where Russian proxy troops have been fighting Ukraine’s army since 2014.
The pair also discussed Operation Unifer, the 200-strong Canadian military training mission.
The Trudeau government has signalled it plans to renew the mission when its mandate expires in March.
That would still need formal approval by cabinet.
Allies have discussed the idea of more sanctions in the event Russia invades Ukraine.
Both the U.S. and NATO have said they would not send troops there should that happen.
Trudeau and Zelensky spoke by phone on the eve of direct talks between a 30-member NATO council and Russian diplomats.