An important step forward, but no agreement on Crimea, which makes the measures called for in the letter to PM Justin Trudeau (below) all the more necessary to support Zelensky and the people of the Ukraine.
Paris agreement calls for cessation of hostilities and disengaging forces in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine, Putin refused to discuss the fate of the Ukrainian Peninsula, Crimea.
An open letter to PM Justin Trudeau, concerning the Ukraine
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau PC MP Prime Minister of Canada Ottawa
... why are Canadian troops in Latvia?
Why are Canadian troops in Latvia, German troops in Lithuania and British troops in Estonia?
Canadian troops are in Latvia as part as part of a NATO mission to deter aggression from Russia.
If, the goal is to deter aggression from Russia, the question becomes:
What is the best way to achieve that objective?
The best way to deter future acts of aggression, is to halt current acts of aggression and to reverse past acts of aggression.
As a result of the Paris agreements, the first objective, i.e., bringing currents hostilities to an end by the end of 2019, just a few weeks from now, may have been achieved. Given the fact that hundreds and hundreds have died in the fighting on the eastern Ukraine, and more than a million people have been displaced, this is an important step forward.
The circumstances of the Crimea, however, stand in the way of the second objective to deter future aggression, and that is to reverse past acts of aggression.
Therefore, it should aid greatly the President of the Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in the on-going negotiations with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, if a clear and unequivocal message were to be sent to the Russian President, on behalf of the People and the sovereign Government of Canada, calling on Russia, to maintain peace, stability and the harmonious relations among and between nations, to cease and desist all activities in the eastern Donbas region of the Ukraine and to withdraw forthwith all Russian troops from the Crimea.
Thereby, returning the Ukraine to the status quo, internationally-recognized borders, as they existed prior to the Russian incursion into Crimea in 2014, which encouraged ethnic Russians in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of eastern Ukraine to undertake, by force, and with resources supplied by Russia, the attempted succession of the those regions from the Ukraine proper.
Further, in aid of the on-going negotiations, between the Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany, each of the other members of NATO, other Europe states, and the Commonwealth of Nations ought to be encouraged to do likewise.
And, as Prime Minister of Canada it should be highly advantageous to encourage the aforementioned sovereign states to join with Canada in this effort.
It is necessary, to safeguard against future aggression that the message to the Russian president should be earnest and from a very wide audience.
Perhaps, if not inevitably, if the peoples representatives do not act, the people, the citizens of this great, sovereign and peaceful nation, ought to petition the Embassy of Russia in Ottawa, expressing their desire for Russia to honor the Paris agreements, calling for the cessation of hostilities in eastern Ukraine, and stating the desire of the Canadian people that the withdrawal of Russian troops from Crimea, is a matter that the Russian president cannot unilaterally decide not to discuss.
The Crimea is part of the discussion.
In addition, a resolution from the Parliament of Canada, expressing the will of the Canadian People and its government is in order.
Rest assured, Mr Prime Minister, the people of Canada are well aware that Canadian - Russian relations are outwardly complex. At the same time there is engagement on Arctic issues, there is the Russian threat of unspecified retaliation against Canada for its passage of the Magnitsky anti-corruption legislation.
Relations further complicated by Canadian - European interactions, as well as, Canada's commitments to NATO.
The Canadian people are also aware of warnings of Russian interference in Canadian elections, and if, Russia was not involved in the Canadian version of Brexit, Wexit, it would be the only such movement on this planet that Russia was not involved in, in some meaningful way.
And naturally, we look forward to the day when President Zelensky addresses the Parliament of Canada, and when the Prime Minister of Canada, in a show of solidarity, addresses the legislative body of the Ukraine.
Whereas, the introductory statement identifies Canadian, German and British troops deployed in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, respectively, it is understood that there are four such deployments in that region, which include troops from seven NATO allies. In fact, in Latvia, Italian forces work with their Canadian counterparts to form a deterrent force.
It is clearly not in the best interest of regional security for the Ukraine to disintegrate into ethnic and linguistic enclaves, as did the Former Yugoslavia. In that case, the failure to engage in the enforcement of the border agreements resulted in a long and costly conflict.
With that said, it my fervent hope, Mr Prime Minister, that you will do all that you can to support the Ukraine in negotiations with Russia, and to convey the will of Canadians for a cessation in hostilities and the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Crimea.
Thanking you in advance for your thoughtful consideration of these matters.
I anticipate your response.
It is clearly not in the best interest of regional security for the Ukraine to disintegrate into ethnic and linguistic enclaves as did the Former Yugoslavia.