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Statement by Minister Dion on second anniversary of illegal annexation of Crimea
March 16, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“This month marks the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion and illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.
“Russian occupation and aggression has led to human rights violations, including unlawful seizure of property, harassment and restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly. Self-proclaimed ‘authorities’ use force and intimidation to foster a climate of intolerance where residents who express views contrary to those of Russia face discrimination and persecution.
“Canada is deeply concerned about this situation. Russia is displaying a blatant disregard for international law, including the European Convention on Human Rights. Russia’s actions continue to undermine peace and security in the region.
“Canada stands united with our international partners in support of Ukraine. We will continue working with partners to put pressure on Russia to honour its international commitments and obligations with respect to human rights and to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
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