May 17, 2022

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Canada has called on Russia to expel Interpol

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Thursday – March 3 – that he, along with other partners, had demanded that Russia expel him from the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol).

“We believe that international police cooperation depends on the joint commitment to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the mutual respect among Interpol members,” Trudeau told a news conference in Ottawa, Canada.

The Canadian prime minister’s announcement comes amid a Russian offensive in Ukraine, before Canadian officials They have already responded by imposing sanctions on Russian companies and individuals and closing the airspace for Russian aircraft.

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the start of the offensive against Ukraine on February 24 and argued that it was seeking to “denationalize” the neighbor. The invasion began just days after Moscow recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk republics.

Putin says the invasion of Ukraine is “planned”

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that the invasion of Ukraine was “planned”. The eighth day of operations was marked by an agreement to open a “humanitarian corridor” to deal with the bombing that killed 33 people and the mass evacuation of civilians.

After the fall of Kherson (southern), the first major city to be captured by the Russians, Putin did not want to listen to the global outcry for an end to the war, nor was he affected by the arsenal of Western sanctions.

The president said at the beginning of a meeting of the Russian Security Council that “special military action is progressing as planned,” adding that his troops are fighting “neo-Nazis” and that “Russians and Ukrainians are one people.” . “

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In an earlier conversation with his French envoy, Emmanuel Macron, Putin promised to continue his offensive “without concessions.”

After that conversation, the French presidency reported that Macron had concluded that the situation in Ukraine was “not bad yet”.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zhelensky has called for greater support from Western powers, warning that Russia will not hesitate to attack the Baltic states and other parts of Europe if his country is defeated.

In particular, he called on Western nations to “shut down the sky” on Ukraine or hand over the planes to Ukraine.

Until now, Western nations have provided arms to Ukraine, but have focused their response on sanctions to isolate Russia diplomatically, economically, culturally and sportingly.

The head of Russia’s intelligence service (SVR) has accused Western nations of trying to “destroy” Russia and trying to “establish an economic, information and humanitarian blockade” of the country.

Russia has demanded that Ukraine relinquish its NATO membership and that the Atlantic Defense Council withdraw from its borders.

Intervention in Ukraine has raised warnings in other former Soviet republics, such as Moldova, which has officially approved its bid to enter the European Union (EU).

Humanitarian path without ceasefire

Ukraine and Russia, in the second round of talks in Belarus, failed to define a ceasefire and agreed to build humanitarian corridors to evacuate civilians.

“The second round of talks is over. Unfortunately, the desired results for Ukraine are not yet available. The only decision is to set up humanitarian corridors, “said Mikhail Podoliak, an adviser to the Ukrainian president.

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“We discussed the humanitarian aspects in detail because many cities are currently surrounded by Russian forces” and “there is a dramatic situation of food, medicine and evacuation possibilities,” he added.

Vladimir Medinsky, head of the Russian delegation, noted that the talks focused on humanitarian and military issues and the “future political solution to the conflict.”

One million refugees have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries since the beginning of the invasion and millions have been internally displaced, said Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

With information from Europa Press and AFP.

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