CG4DU | 22Jun2016 | Oksana Bashuk Hepburn
NATO Summit in Warsaw on 8/9 July 2016
Right Honourable Justin Trudeau
Prime Minister of Canada
Dear Prime Minister,
We are writing to seek Canada’s strong intervention at the upcoming
Summit in Warsaw that you will be attending. The members will be
the changing reality for peace and security. This letter focuses on
aggression and the absolute need to assist Ukraine because of its
importance in the defence of Europe. We strongly urge that Canada take
leadership role at the meeting and we call for enhanced defence
Ukraine and for a Canadian-led initiative within NATO.
We applaud NATO’s efforts to bolster its European members’ defence and
expand initiatives with Ukraine. Yet, we are forced to stress that
war of aggression in Ukraine shows no signs of abating. Ukraine is
bulwark against President Vladimir Putin’s global criminality. It is,
mandatory to assist Ukraine in more direct and meaningful ways, not
only for its
own sake, but also for the protection of NATO members.
Ukraine was and is a peaceful neighbour of NATO and other EU states. It
normal, pacific relations with all neighbours. Yet Russia chose to
in an effort to change European borders by force. There can be no
the peace and security of the European continent are under direct
Russia: NATO membership is the deterrent.
It has been touted -- particularly by those on the political left --
expansion into Eastern Europe precipitated president Putin’s
facts do not bear this out. At the 2008 NATO Summit Ukraine and Georgia
denied the NATO Membership Action Plan due to Russia’s pressure.
concession Russia invaded Georgia and a few years later -- without
enlargement -- proceeded to violate Ukraine’s territorial integrity. It
clear that for Russia it is not NATO’s strength that provokes; rather
of any weakness or the lack of determination to deal with Russia’s
annexations and wars.
Russia’s national security strategy, signed by president Putin January
designates NATO’s defensive posture as a threat to Russia’s security.
damaging propaganda does the rest. Russia’s Levada Centre’s June report
finds that Russians consider the USA -- the key military player in NATO
number one enemy, while Ukraine -- defending its sovereignty against
military might -- is number two.
Prime Minister, Ukraine may not be a member of NATO but Russia’s
annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea and further incursion into the Donbas is
facto NATO Article 5 situation.
Russia has shown over and over again that it holds to the old Soviet
promises are made to be broken. It is not to be trusted. It has
international agreements including the Budapest Memorandum and Minsk
Agreements. In Syria, Russia aggressively pursues goals at odds with
undertakings and allied security interests. Its hate propaganda means
NATO and undermine Europe’s resolve.
There is no time to waste: NATO must develop a robust strategy to
strengthen its position vis-à-vis Russia globally. Bolstering Ukraine to protect it for its own sake
and to protect Europe is
It is therefore mandatory for NATO to strengthen Ukraine’s defense of
its territory. We ask
Canada to speak forcefully to this objective as we are certain that our
views are in keeping with
a free, secure and stable world.
The task of addressing global peace and security by dealing with
Russia’s invasion in Ukraine
may not have adequate time at the Summit. We, therefore ask you, Prime
Minister, to bring
forward a proposal: that the Summit establish a task-force, under
Canada’s lead, to enhance
and expand a comprehensive defence strategy for Ukraine to include
** increasing the training for its defence forces,
** training its senior-level officers on issues such as the Law of
Armed Conflict, the Ethics of War, and strategic questions of combat,
** providing defensive equipment -- most importantly, anti-tank,
anti-artillery and surveillance systems, and
** developing a concrete path to its membership in NATO.
We thank you again for working to ensure Canada’s enduring friendship
with a free Ukraine by
taking our concerns and proposal seriously into account. We will be
following the Summit and
your visit to Ukraine with the greatest of interest.
Oksana Bashuk Hepburn
Hon David Kilgour
Hon.Stephane Dion, MP
Hon. Harjit Singh Sajjan, MP
Hon. Rona Ambrose, MP
Hon. Thomas Mulcair, MP
Hon. Ralph Goodale, MP
Hon. John McCallum, MP
Hon. Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP
Hon. Chrystia Freeland, MP
Hon. MaryAnn Mihychuk, MP
Borys Wrzesnewskyj, MP
James Bezan, MP
Terry Duguid, M.P
Linda Duncan, M.P.
Julie Dzerowicz, M.P.
James Maloney, M.P.
Arif Virani, M.P
Senator Raynell Andreychuk
Ambassador Roman Waschuk
Ambassador Andriy Shevchenko
Ambassador Kerry Buck
Vice-Admiral Bob Davidson
The Canadian Group for
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