Canada Defence & Security Report Q2 2014
The Canadian government has been one of the most outspoken G-7 members in its condemnation with regards Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014. Indeed, as well as being one of the first countries to impose financial sanctions and travel bans on various Russian officials, Ottawa, led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has also recalled its ambassador to Moscow, suspended all military cooperation with Russia and provided US$196mn in financial aid to Ukraine. Prime Minster Harper was also the first G-7 leader to travel to Kiev and directly lend his support to Ukraine's interim government. Canada's hard-line response to Russia's actions in the Crimea must be seen through the prism of Ottawa's broader defence and security concerns and objectives.