Russia poses threat to world peace, time to rally allies: Harper

Russia actions against Ukraine are ‘aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic’

OTTAWA – Russian actions against Ukraine are “aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic” and pose a grave threat to world peace, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said today.

Pro-Russian groups have occupied buildings in 10 cities in eastern Ukraine in recent days, prompting Harper to use his harshest words yet against what he called “Russian provocateurs sent by the Putin regime.”

It’s time to rally the world against the danger posed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, Harper said at a hastily assembled photo-op event with ambassadors from Ukraine, Estonia, Poland and Latvia.

“I know this is of great concern to our NATO allies in the region, but it should be a great concern to all of us,” Harper said.

“When a major power acts in a way that is so clearly aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic, this represents a significant threat to the peace and stability of the world and it’s time we all recognized the depth and the seriousness of that threat.”

He said he’s dispatching Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird to talk with allies in eastern Europe. Baird will then head on to the Middle East.

Baird echoed the prime minister in blaming Russia for the latest events, scoffing: “I don’t know who the Russian federation thinks it’s kidding when it tries to pretend that it has nothing to do with them.”

“There are very clear and disconcerting parallels between what is happening in eastern Ukraine and events leading up to Russia’s illegal invasion and annexation of Crimea,” Baird continued, urging Russia to back down.

Canada is prepared to impose stronger sanctions against Putin’s regime, Harper said.

“But as I say, the most important thing we need to do is to rally all of our allies throughout the western world and throughout the greater global community to understand that peace and stability is being threatened here in a way that has not been threatened since the end of the Cold War.”

Putin is fighting history and will lose, he added.

“We also know from history that anybody who makes it their historical mission to turn the clock back, as Mr. Putin has determined to do, that those kinds of missions always fail in the end. But we will do all in our power to make it fail.”

Harper also paid tribute to the people of Ukraine, saying their determination to secure their freedom and independence has no limit.




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Russia poses threat to world peace, time to rally allies: Harper

  1. Yes, Harper, let’s rally our allies to start a war against Russia to prevent Russia starting a war. And of course you’re sending your dog Baird to bark and growl.
    “We also know from history that anybody who makes it their historical mission to turn the clock back, as Mr. Putin has determined to do, that those kinds of missions always fail in the end. But we will do all in our power to make it fail.”
    It takes one to know one, what with your retrograde political agenda, and we will do all in our power to make you fail in 2015.

    • Well put. “BULLdog” Baird and “Harpoon” HARPER are the new comedy team.
      Bully’ Baird is a prime example of North American hatred of Russia. At first it was seen a hockey rivalry.Now it is “in-your-face” lies. ‘Harpoon’ Harper and Bully Baird do NOT appreciate the might and the WILL of Russia with its nuclear missiles.
      See me, Juro Knezic, on Facebook for full details.
      Juro GD Knežić (London, Canada)

  2. Harper needs a cold shower, a Valium and a long lie-down. Probably a brown paper bag as well.

  3. > so, with our four subs and old jets we are really a threat to Mr. Putin and his forces,
    > even the US would have a hard time with Russia,
    > remember, a conflict between Russia and the US would be right over our country,
    > the best is to use the sanctions route unite the world community against these actions,
    > this Mr. Harper tough talking wannabe thug.

  4. PM Harper exposed himself as an illiterate in world affairs by mouthing anti- Russian slogans.
    [This hatred of Russia has been cultivated by the CBC and the Olympic hockey rivalry (1972…) with actors like Cherry and McLean.] This is SUPER hypocrisy. Russia is now a capitalist nation.
    CHINA is the Communist state that has kept America afloat by buying US bonds etc. Thus, STOP picking on Putin and Russia.
    Except for NATO, the world and the Olympians in the Winter Olympics loved the Sochi Winter Olympics.
    Youth of Canada and America here is your way of protesting this chorus of hatred against the people of Russia: Wear white T-shirts with the slogan: I LOVE RUSSIA!
    See me, Juro Knezic, on Facebook for full details.
    Juro GD Knežić (London, Canada)

  5. You Slavic university students need to read, discuss, and share this unfolding drama about our Slavic heartlands of KIEV and CRIMEA. Focus on the labels used by our Canadian Prime Minister, Harper and President OBAMA. This stand by the Americans is beyond belief, as is the pathetic parroting by Baird and Harper!
    This is why World History, history in context, is NOT taught in Canada, USA, etc. Without historical context citizens in North America are easier to brainwash!
    Juro GD Knežić (London, Canada)

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