Foreign Minister of Canada, Stephane Dion said that his country favoured the preservation and strengthening of sanctions against Russia. However, he indicated that Canada is punishing himself, refusing dialogue with Moscow.
Dion, speaking at the opening of the conference at the University of Ottawa, said about the effectiveness of sanctions against Russia due to the fact that they were supported by a large number of countries. While Dion stressed that Canada is not going to be a country that alone would be to abandon cooperation with Russia. “Thus, we only punish ourselves”, — quotes the edition of Macleans Dion.
According to the Minister, the refusal of cooperation with Russia through diplomatic and political channels only prevents Canada to support Ukraine. Dion cited the example of Syria, where the reluctance of Ottawa to contact with Moscow have significantly reduced the impact of Canada on peace consultations. The downside was the strengthening of Russia’s influence in the Arctic region.
During the speech Dionne reminded that if Canada did not cooperate with the USSR, there would be no hockey series 1972 and the iconic Paul Henderson’s goal that brought Canadians to their historic victory.