Trudeau condemns escalation of violence and Putin's nuclear threats | War in Ukraine
Justin Trudeau strongly denounced Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent speech.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned on behalf of Canada Russian President Vladimir Putin's escalation of violence in his operation to invade Ukraine, including his call for partial mobilization and his threats to use nuclear weapons. /p>
Mr. Trudeau was in New York to participate in the United Nations General Assembly, where Russia's seven-month-old aggression against Ukraine is an ever-present topic of discussion. p>
In a press conference, the Canadian Prime Minister called the actions of the Russian President irresponsible and said that Putin has lost control of the situation.
I think it's very clear, whether it's the level of partial conscription he's bringing to Russia or when he doesn't want to admit he's started a war against Ukraine, argued Mr. Trudeau before going on to talk about the wacky referendums in the occupied territories and the downright irresponsible threats of possible recourse to nuclear weapons.
< p class="e-p">Earlier in the day, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky addressed world leaders via videoconference. He insisted that his country would emerge victorious by repelling Russian aggression and forcing Putin's army to retreat.
This speech was delivered a few hours after the one by Vladimir Putin, who announced a partial mobilization of reservists in the biggest European conflict since the Second World War.
For President Zelensky, this military decision demonstrates that Putin is not serious when he claims to want to negotiate an end to the conflict.
In Ottawa, the Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said the Russian invasion may have reached a critical moment and it is time to redouble our efforts to support Ukraine.
Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly has said that Canada wants to ensure that the global common front against Moscow remains intact.
Obviously, what Ukraine expects from Canada is always more financial support and more heavy artillery, she underlined. We have already done a lot. But we must do more. And we will do more.
During the day, Trudeau said Canada has pledged $1.21 billion to support the ;international effort to stop the spread of infectious diseases.
Mr. Trudeau made the announcement in New York at a pledging conference for the project, known as the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. /p>
Canada, one of the founders of the Global Fund, has already pledged $4 billion since the fund was created in 2002 by former banking executive Peter Sands.
The announcement includes an additional $100 million for the Global Fund's COVID-19 Response Facility, which aims to help developing countries mitigate the impact of the pandemic.
The Canadian government says this new sum represents a 30% increase over Canada's last contribution and is the country's largest multilateral health investment .
International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan said the fund has saved 50 million lives over the past 20 years.
We are committed to ensuring that no one be left behind, Sajjan said in a statement.
This is a global fight and it's only together that we can maximize the effectiveness of our collective investments.
Mr. Trudeau was also scheduled to attend a meeting with Caribbean partners to discuss the crisis in Haiti, where relentless waves of criminal gang violence have persisted through the summer, killing hundreds.
Bob Rae, Canada's ambassador to the UN, says he recently visited the country to see the chaos for himself . Criminal organizations have even taken control of the courthouse in the capital, Port-au-Prince, he said. We're not going to claim that we have a magic bullet. That's not how it works, Mr. Rae explained.
We need to learn from some of the mistakes of the past, where interventions failed. had the full support of the Haitian people. And we have to make sure that we work with the Haitian people. However, this is easier said than done in a country ruled by a caretaker government, he added. We will try to play as constructive a role as possible. We all know it will take more.