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The Canadian government is urging its citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Ukraine, in a new advisory citing “Russian aggression”.

Moscow has stationed more than 100,000 troops near the border with Ukraine, and the United States said on Friday it fears Russia could prepare a pretext to invade if diplomacy fails to achieve its goals.

“We have changed the risk level for Ukraine to avoid non-essential travel due to ongoing Russian aggression and military buildup in and around the country,” the Canadian government said in a travel advisory. published on Saturday evening.

In addition, the government recommends that no non-essential travel outside of Canada take place due to the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Canada, with a large and politically influential population of Ukrainian descent, has taken a hard line with Russia since annexing Crimea to Ukraine in 2014.

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly will travel to Kyiv next week to reaffirm Canada’s support for Ukrainian sovereignty and strengthen efforts to deter “aggressive actions” by Russia, Ottawa said earlier.

Joly will meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal and travel to the west of the country to speak to a 200-man Canadian training mission that has been there since 2015.

Deputy Foreign Secretary Marta Morgan and US Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman met on Friday and pledged to continue close coordination to deter further Russian aggression against Ukraine and called for Russian de-escalation , a spokesperson for the US State Department said on Saturday.

Russia denies plans to attack Ukraine, but says it could take unspecified military action unless its demands – including a promise from the NATO alliance never to admit Kiev – are satisfied.

After talks between the United States, its European allies and Russia ended last week, US officials warned that the risk of a Russian invasion of Ukraine remained high.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday and “stressed that any military incursion into Ukraine would have serious consequences, including coordinated sanctions.”

Canada imposed punitive measures on more than 440 individuals and entities following the annexation of Crimea.

With a staff file from CTVNews.ca


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