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Statement by Minister Nicholson on Russia’s Ongoing Violations of Minsk Agreements

April 26, 2015 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“Canada strongly condemns ongoing violations of Minsk agreements by Russia and Russian-backed insurgents in eastern Ukraine.

Rob Nicholson

Rob Nicholson

“Russia continues to violate the ceasefire and maintain troops and equipment in eastern Ukraine. There are credible reports of additional Russian weaponry being moved into the area. These acts are in clear violation of the Minsk agreements and jeopardize their viability.

“We also condemn Russia’s reported military buildup along the border with Ukraine to levels not seen in months, which further undermines the region’s stability.

“The Minsk agreements are only as good as their implementation. We call on Mr. Putin to respect his commitments, to withdraw Russian troops and weapons from Ukraine and to allow for de-escalation.

“We will continue to judge Russia by its deeds and not by its words. We are closely monitoring the situation on the ground and, in close coordination with our partners and allies, will continue to confront the Kremlin to end its brutal aggression.”

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