National Post: Trudeau condemns Russia’s annexation of Crimea, vows ‘Canada will always stand by Ukraine’
KYIV — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his nine-year-old son, Xavier, making his public debut overseas, spent much of Monday visiting memorials of Stalin’s starvation of Ukraine in the 1930s, Nazi atrocities against Ukrainians during the Second World War and the slaughter in 1941 of 33,770 Jews by Hitler’s forces at Babi Yar.
But such reminders melded with talk about the country’s current war with Russia, which was triggered by Moscow’s annexation of Crimea in 2014 and its subsequent direct and indirect military actions in eastern Ukraine.
“Canada will always stand by Ukraine,” Trudeau told Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko after the two leaders signed a free-trade agreement in an opulent, Soviet-era hall in the presidential palace.
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WNU Editor: My friends and relatives in Ukraine asked me if there is any difference between former Canadian PM Harper and current PM Trudeau .... I said on the issue of Ukraine it will be business as usual. A Liberal friend of mine in the Canadian government asked me a few weeks ago on what did I expect from this trip .... my answer was that it is good PR, the Canadian delegation is visiting at that time of year when the weather is good, and as for dealing with President Poroshenko, I did remind my friend that the Ukrainian President has poll numbers in the low teens .... and they have been there for the past year.
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