Diplomacy Efforts: Ukraine meeting that excluded Canada wasn't a snub, says former adviser to Trudeau - National Post

10:11 Sep. 7, 2016

Ukraine meeting that excluded Canada wasn't a snub, says former adviser to Trudeau - National Post

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center, attends the opening ceremony of the G20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China, Sept. 4, 2016. (AP Photo)

Canada has committed 200 troops to train Ukrainian military in the western part of the country until March 2017

The fact Justin Trudeau wasn't invited to a meeting with American, French and German leaders about Ukraine at the G20 wasn't a snub, says the prime minister's former international affairs adviser.

"France, Germany and the United States are front and centre on the international diplomacy relating to Ukraine. They are central in the discussion of the Minsk agreement," said Roland Paris, who resumes his job teaching at the University of Ottawa this week after advising the prime minister during his early days in office.

Canada's mission to Ukraine is being conducted in conjunction with the U.S. and the United Kingdom — but U.K. prime minister Theresa May also wasn't in the meeting Monday.

"I don't think it's unusual for Canada not to be invited to every single meeting," Paris said, adding Canada has had a "very strong position against Russian interference."

Trudeau defended his position during a Monday evening press conference, saying Canada's allies appreciate contributions both in Ukraine and, with Canada's recent decision to lead deterrence forces in Latvia, to NATO missions in Eastern Europe.

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