A Canadian foreign minister will travel to Ukraine in order to avoid Russian aggression
OTTAWA, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly will travel to Kyiv next week to express support for Ukrainian sovereignty and reinforce efforts to deter "aggressive actions" by Russia, according to Ottawa.
Moscow has landed more than 100,000 troops near the Ukrainian border on Friday, and the United States said on Friday that it feared Russia would use a pretext to invade if diplomacy failed to fulfill its objectives.
Since the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada, with a large, politically influential Ukrainian ethnicity, has adopted a snag in dealing with Moscow.
"The amassing of Russian troops and equipment in and around Ukraine is putting the region in jeopardy," Joly said in a statement.
"Canada will cooperate with its international partners to ensure the international order is governed by rules. "
Joly will meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal and travel to the west of the country to discuss with a 200-strong Canadian training force.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Ukrainian President Vladimir Putin, who said: "Any military incursion in Ukraine would have significant consequences, including coordinated sanctions."
Over 440 people and entities have been relegated to Canada due to the annexation of Crimea.
Joly, who begins a week-long trip to Europe on Sunday, will travel to Brussels to meet NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Union Foreign Policy Director Josep Borrell.
According to the statement, she will meet with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Paris.