What the Ukraine Crisis Means to Canada
We have all heard about it and we are all wondering if it will affect us. Tensions in Ukraine have been growing ever since February when former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych fled the country and a new interim government came to power. Skip two months ahead and we find ourselves within the midst of an entirely new situation. Now thousands of Russian troops conduct military exercises at the border, Crimea has been annexed, a war of words between the U.S and Russia is getting heated and there has been bloodshed. The ever present threat of Russia’s nuclear arsenal keeps this crisis at the top of the West’s priorities. What does this mean for Canada? Well that is still hard to tell.
Canada is a NATO nation and therefore if any other NATO country gets involved in the crisis Canada will be obliged to assist. Stephen Harper did announce some sanctions against Russia. As well the countries that make up the G7, which includes Canada, prepared many new sanctions that were declared last week. These sanctions were against important Russian officials and companies. Most of the sanctions were stated against those in Putin’s inner circle. About twenty Canadian staff officers and six CF-18 fighter jets were sent to Poland early last week. The fighter jets will join up with American and other NATO countries war planes. Only yesterday Putin claimed to withdraw Russian forces from the border of Ukraine but their seems no withdrawal yet. As well Putin told the Pro-Russian citizens to call off the referendum in a few days but the Pro-Russian groups refused to obey his message. On the 9th Putin decided to pay a visit to the annexed Crimea region. This stirred up lots of angry remarks along NATO country leaders.
As you can tell Canada is involved in the tensions in Eastern Ukraine. Harper believes Russia is a threat to global peace under the presidency of Vladimir Putin. As tensions heighten or ease we will see exactly where Canada sits with this conflict at hand.