Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister told in his speech at a conference in Ottawa, the Ukrinform's own Canadian correspondent reports.
"Canada will continue to oppose Russia's illegal annexation of Crimea and the Russian aggression in eastern Ukraine and further strongly support our NATO allies. However, it is entirely consistent with the resumption of diplomatic discussions with Russia in the same manner as our allies are doing," said Dion.
He noted that in a dialog with Russia he will attempt to defend the interests of Ukraine, Europe and Canada itself. "This resumption of relations will be aimed at lending support for Ukraine, supporting Europe and the stabilization of the situation in the center of the continent. It will also serve Canada's own interests making room for discussions with Russia on key issues, such as the Arctic," noted the minister.
He said that in order to solve some of the problems Canada is in great need of Russia's participation.