Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement announcing additional measures that Canada is taking to promote security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe:
“Canada continues to strongly condemn Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukraine and its ongoing aggressive military provocation.
“Along with our NATO allies, we recognize the need to enhance security and stability in Central and Eastern Europe.
“To this end, Canada is offering the following capabilities to enhance the readiness of NATO allies: six Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18 fighter aircrafts and up to 20 staff officers to the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers in Europe to assist NATO planning efforts. Canada’s offer has been well received by NATO.
“Canada remains steadfast in its support for Ukraine and will not stand idly by while its sovereignty and territorial integrity are threatened.
“Together with our allies, we will continue to monitor events closely and take coordinated action to enhance Europe’s security and show our support for the people of Ukraine.”