UCC calls for united international response to Russia’s aggression against Ukraine
Ahead of the meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers (December 4-5), the UCC wrote to the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, calling for a united, robust response by Canada and NATO Allies to Russia’s blatant act of aggression against Ukrainian naval vessels in the Azov Sea.
The UCC is calling on Canada and our NATO allies to:
- Significantly strengthen sectoral sanctions against Russia for its continued aggression against Ukraine, including banning Russia from the SWIFT international payments system and asset freezes of Russian banks;
- Increase military assistance to Ukraine, including providing Ukraine with naval armaments, surface-to-ship missiles, patrol boats, radar systems and surveillance equipment;
- Demand the immediate release of the 24 Ukrainian sailors taken prisoner by Russia on November 25, and the immediate release of over 70 Ukrainian political prisoners illegally jailed by Russia;
- Increase NATO’s naval presence in the region to deter further Russian maritime aggression against Ukraine and other states.
To view the UCC’s letter to Minister Freeland, please see here:3.12.2018-Minister-Freeland-re-Russian-attacks