On Monday, during his visit to Juno Beach Centre in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly condemned Russia for its role in the “bloody actions” undertaken by the Assad regime last week.
I think Russia needs to be made aware of its responsibility in the bloody actions last week by the Assad regime. Therefore, we are always open to working with our friends, allies and partners to send messages through sanctions and other means to Russia.
Trudeau, who was in France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ride, said Canada is contemplating placing sanctions against Russia regarding its role — however unclear at this point — with regards to the chemical weapons attack on Syrian civilians last week.
According to the CBC, both the U.S. and Britain are currently investigating Russia’s role in the attack that killed at least 70 civilians, including almost a dozen children, on a rebel-held town in Syria’s Idlib province last Tuesday.
Trudeau also touched on Syria’s future going forward, saying:
I think there’s no question that the medium-and long-term future of a peaceful Syria no longer includes Bashar al-Assad.
He also went on to urge the international community to move “as quickly as possible toward peace and stability in Syria.”
Footage of children gasping for air and fighting for their lives circulated on social media as the world was forced to confront one of the worst human rights violations in modern history.
It is now believed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime was responsible for the attack, which violated the U.N. Security Council treaty and the country’s obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.
President Donald Trump condemned the Assad regime for the attack, saying:
On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians. Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the life of innocent men, women and children. It was a slow and brutal death for so many, even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack.
On Thursday, Trump ordered the U.S. military to drop 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles into an airbase outside of Homs, Syria, where the attack was thought to have originated. Trudeau told the House of Commons Friday, Trudeau announced Canada fully supported the United States’ military actions against the Assad regime:
In face of such heinous war crimes, all civilized peoples must support a diplomatic resolution to the Syrian crisis. That is why Canada fully supports the United States’ limited, focused action to degrage the Assad regime’s ability to launch such attacks.
Continuing with the theme of foreign policy, later in the press conference Monday, Trudeau touched on yet another pressing concern: North Korea. He told reporters:
We are worried about the dangerous and unstable North Korean regime – period. This rogue regime in North Korea is a danger not only to the immediate region, but the entire world.
Last Tuesday, Pyongyang fired a ballistic nuclear missile toward the United States. The launched occurred just one day before U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping were set to discuss a joint U.S.-China effort to pressure the North into dropping its nuclear arms development program.
The missile launched Tuesday traveled approximately 40 miles, and was fired from Sinpo, a port city on the east coast of North Korea, according to a statement released by South Korea’s Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Two weeks ago, Pyongyang attempted to launch a ballistic missile from the east coast. They also fired several missiles toward Japan last month, with some landing as close as 190 miles from the country’s coast.
According to the CBC, Trudeau wouldn’t confirm whether Canada plans to join the U.S. ballistic missile defence program, but that Canadians expect their government to keep them safe.
Watch his comments below, via YouTube:
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