Zelensky and Trudeau discussed the case of turbines shipped to Germany | War in Ukraine

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Zelensky and Trudeau discussed the case of the turbines shipped to Germany | War in Ukraine

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky (center), on the occasion of a visit by Mr. Trudeau to Ukrainian soil two months after the start of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, on February 24, 2022.

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has reminded Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that international sanctions against Russia must be a matter of principle.

Mr. Zelensky spoke on Twitter after his phone conversation with Mr. Trudeau on Sunday. It was their first interview since the Canadian government's controversial decision to ship repaired parts of a Russian gas pipeline to Germany.

In a short statement, he said he thanked Mr. Trudeau for Canada's generous support in the defense of his country. He also stressed the importance of maintaining sanctions against Russia.

After the terrorist attacks on Vinnytsia, Mykolaiv, Chassiv Yar, etc., the pressure must be increased, not diminish it, Mr. Zelensky wrote.

The Ukrainian President had already called the decision absolutely unacceptable earlier this week.

The decision to waive sanctions will be perceived in Moscow exclusively as a sign of weakness. This is the logic of the Russian government, he pointed out.

Canada's Prime Minister's Office has still not released an account of the conversation between Mr. Trudeau and Mr. Zelensky.

The decision has clouded relations between the two countries.

The Liberal government has decided to exempt six Siemens Energy turbines, which were repaired in Montreal, from the economic sanctions it imposed on Russia following the invasion of the x27;Ukraine.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the decision to deliver the turbines was made so Canada could support its European allies facing energy crises in the as Russia restricts access to its oil and gas supplies.

In Ottawa, opposition MPs on Friday demanded that Liberal cabinet ministers explain this controversial decision during a special meeting of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development next week.

The Liberals agreed that Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly, and the Minister of Natural Resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, respond for questions.

Two demonstrations to denounce the sending of turbines to Europe took place on Sunday afternoon in Ottawa and Montreal.

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