Russia’s Failed Attempt to Spin “Reset” of Relations with Canada

Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Ottawa.

On January 26, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated at a press conference,
“We were surprised by the total lack of any pragmatism in the impulsive actions taken by the previous government, which took the course, as you can understand, of blindly following the demands of rabid representatives of the Ukrainian diaspora in Canada.”

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC), whose President together with several Canadian Parliamentarians have been sanctioned and barred from Russia, reminds Mr. Lavrov that he serves a regime that has invaded Ukraine, illegally annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula and continues to wage a war in Eastern Ukraine where Ukrainians are killed by Russian soldiers and their terrorist proxies on a daily basis. His government is solely responsible for 9,000 deaths, ongoing war crimes and one of the world’s most catastrophic refugee crises in Ukraine with 1.5 million refugees that have fled Ukrainian territories invaded by Russia.

The UCC expresses its gratitude to Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stephane Dion, who yesterday, in response to a question in the House of Commons from MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, stated that he (Minister Dion) is planning to visit Ukraine next week to “express to the Government of Ukraine the steadfast support of Canada for Ukraine and how much we deeply disagree with the invasion and the interference of the Russian government in Ukraine, and how much we will not tolerate from a Russian minister any insult against the community of Ukrainians in Canada, Ukrainian Canadians. We owe so much to them. We will always support them.”