The search for stability in Eastern Europe: Policy options for Canada

Canada should become far more engaged than it has in seeking a diplomatic solution to the war in Ukraine.

Ukrainian Government Photo
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, right, speaks at a press conference in Kyiv with Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion on Feb. 1.
Andrew Rasiulis
Published: Sunday, 04/03/2016 10:46 pm EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 04/05/2016 8:44 pm EDT

The war in Ukraine that started in 2014 and that was brought under some measure of control through the Minsk process in February 2015 has claimed more than 8,000 lives. Diplomatic and political steps are underway in the hopes of bringing this conflict to a negotiated settlement. From a defence perspective, NATO is strengthening its deterrence posture in Eastern Europe as witnessed by the recent Defence Ministers Meeting in Brussels and by the upcoming Warsaw NATO summit in July.

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