Selkirk, MB – James Bezan, Shadow Minister of National Defence, released the following statement condemning the construction and opening of the Kerch Strait Bridge:
“Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives condemn the illegal construction and opening of the Kerch Straight Bridge linking Russia to occupied Crimea. This is a gross violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty, and a blatant attempt to cement Russia’s illegal annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.
“Vladimir Putin’s disrespect of international law demonstrates the need for Canada to take greater steps to support Ukraine. We must play an active role in supporting the people of Ukraine, and rebuking aggression from the Kremlin.
“Canada’s Conservatives recognize the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all of Ukraine. Even if it takes fifty years to liberate, we will never recognize Putin’s illegal occupation of any Ukrainian territory, including Crimea.