War in Ukraine and Top NATO Priorities: Climate & Diversity

On the 12th April 2022, the International Military Staff (IMS) Gender Advisor, Lieutenant Colonel Katherine Prudhoe and staff hosted their second Deep Dive Session focusing on the triple nexus of Climate Change, Gender Perspective and Security. This session highlighted the ecological risks for security and military planning as well as the importance of integrating a gender perspective. Subject matter expertise…

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Arctic Council March 3rd Statement on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

“Canada, the Kingdom of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, and the United States condemn Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and note the grave impediments to international cooperation, including in the Arctic, that Russia’s actions have caused. “We remain convinced of the enduring value of the Arctic Council for circumpolar cooperation and reiterate our support for this institution and its work.…

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Canada Virtue Signals it “Intends” to Deny Russian Vessels Entry

In response to President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine the Minister of Transport announced March 1st that the Federal Government intends to ban Russian-owned or registered ships and fishing vessels in Canadian ports and internal waters. The ban is expected to be in effect later this week through orders made pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act. These actions are part…

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NATO Statement on Russia’s Unprovoked Attack on Ukraine

I strongly condemn Russia’s reckless and unprovoked attack on Ukraine, which puts at risk countless civilian lives. Once again, despite our repeated warnings and tireless efforts to engage in diplomacy, Russia has chosen the path of aggression against a sovereign and independent country. This is a grave breach of international law, and a serious threat to Euro-Atlantic security. I call…

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February 16 Statement by NATO Defence Ministers on Ukraine

We are gravely concerned by the very large scale, unprovoked and unjustified Russian military build-up in and around Ukraine and in Belarus. We urge Russia, in the strongest possible terms, to choose the path of diplomacy, and to immediately reverse its build-up and withdraw its forces from Ukraine in accordance with its international obligations and commitments. We remain committed to…

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NATO Conveys Written Proposals to Russia

In view of Russia’s continuing military build-up in and around Ukraine, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg confirmed on Wednesday (26 January 2022) that NATO has conveyed its written proposals to Russia, in parallel with the United States. He said that Allies see three main areas with room for progress: NATO-Russia relations; European security, including the situation in and around Ukraine; and…

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