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Trudeau asserts continued support for Ukraine as G7 leaders’ summit concludes

HIROSHIMA, Japan — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ukraine would not be standing today if allies were not there to support it when Russian troops invaded early last year — and countries pushing for a ceasefire must recognize Russia is squarely to blame.

Trudeau told reporters after attending the G7 leaders’ summit in Hiroshima, Japan, that the Canadian military will continue to provide support training to Ukraine’s forces and may also endeavour to train Ukrainian pilots. 

His comments come after the United States announced it will allow allies to send American-made fighter jets to support Ukraine’s war effort. 

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy joined the G7 leaders on Saturday after they slapped fresh sanctions on Russia, and met with Trudeau Sunday morning. 

Trudeau says Russia’s reckless nuclear rhetoric, along with threats from North Korea and uncertainty around Iran, have brought home the need to remember the dangers of nuclear proliferation. 

He also says that leaders agreed with him on the point that foreign interference is something the world’s most powerful democracies have to grapple with. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 21, 2023.

The Canadian Press

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