Trudeau meets with the Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands on the crisis in Ukraine

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LONDON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at Royal Air Force Station Northolt outside London today for a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and to develop a strategy on the response of NATO countries to the conflict.

The two were joined by their Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte.

Trudeau said he was happy to attend the trilateral meeting to support the people of Ukraine and “hold Russia to account and defend democracy around the world.”

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“We want to stand with the people of Ukraine and fight against Russia,” he said, adding that he “wants to talk about fighting disinformation and respecting the principles and values ​​they share.” .

Johnson welcomed his “friend” Justin Trudeau to the air base saying that “Canada and the UK agree on a lot of things”, adding that they were “particularly united in our stand against the aggression of Putin in Ukraine”.

In the following days, Trudeau will also meet with other leaders in Riga, Latvia, Berlin and Warsaw, Poland.

In addition, the Prime Minister’s busy agenda includes a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and a visit to the Latvian military base, where hundreds of Canadian Forces members contribute to Canada’s leadership in that country from NATO’s longstanding deterrent mission to bolster its Eastern European flank against Russia.

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Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly has traveled to Europe in recent days for meetings with NATO and European Commission officials about ongoing efforts to sanction Russia.

International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan will also travel to Geneva, then join Trudeau in Eastern Europe to meet with the United Nations and others for talks on Ukraine.

Britain’s Ministry of Defense said in an intelligence update on Sunday that Russia’s tactics in Ukraine were comparable to their previous bombardments of towns in Chechnya in 1999 and Syria in 2016 with airstrikes and weapons. artillery, after Russian forces encountered unexpected resistance. The intelligence report says the strength of Ukrainian fighters continues to surprise the Russians and that the bombardment of cities including Kharkiv, Chernihiv and Mariupol was an effort to break Ukrainian morale.

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During an hour-long conversation on Sunday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to stop fighting in an attempt to address humanitarian concerns and try to find a political solution.

The Kremlin said Putin responded that Russia’s military action in Ukraine could only be stopped “if Kiev ceases hostilities and meets Russia’s well-known demands.”

As a third round of talks between Ukraine and Russia is scheduled for today, the Kremlin said Putin had expressed hope that Ukraine would take full account of “emerging realities”.

It is not possible to know the exact number of people killed since the February 24 invasion. The United Nations human rights office said 364 civilians were killed, but the true number is likely much higher.

Russian and Ukrainian officials did not provide information on military casualties.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on March 7, 2022.

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