Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Stéphane Dion has issued the following statement, published on the governmental site on Saturday:
“I am concerned by the heightened tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and by the actions and rhetoric that are contributing to these tensions. We have seen no evidence to support recent Russian accusations. At this critical time, Canada urges all sides to intensify their diplomatic efforts and make every effort to avoid provocations,” Minister said.
“Canada continues to condemn Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and we are resolute in our position that we do not recognize the illegal annexation of Crimea. We also underscore, as have our partners and allies, the need for full implementation of the Minsk agreements, in order to end the violence and bring about a peaceful and durable solution in eastern Ukraine,” Dion emphasized.
It should be recalled that on Wednesday, the Russian FSB has said it prevented terrorist attacks in Crimea prepared by the Ukrainian intelligence.
Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) has rejected the statement by the Russian FSB about the deployment of Ukrainian saboteurs to Russia-occupied Crimea.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to initiate talks in Normandy format.
Commenting Russia’s statement, President Poroshenko said that accusations that Ukraine launched terror attacks in the occupied Crimea are equally cynical and insane as its claims there is no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.