Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now targeting Russia to shine in domestic politics. Already having confronted Russia over the conflict with Ukraine, Trudeau has now accused Russia of creating a food and energy crisis. During a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on the Ukraine issue, Trudeau stated that Russia had turned food and energy into weapons.
Trudeau stated in his speech, “Russia has weaponized energy and food, leaving millions struggling. Food shortages are resulting in hunger crises.” He added that Canada was committed to assisting the most affected people by the crisis. He emphasized that Canada would not have to choose between supporting Ukraine and its ongoing global development goals. The responsible step is to do both, which they are doing with full strength and financial commitment.
‘Ukraine’s Fight is Our Fight’
Trudeau also urged Russia to immediately withdraw its troops from Ukraine and stressed that the ongoing conflict in Ukraine was Canada’s fight as well. He called it their collective struggle, and there should be no doubt about it. Trudeau advised Russia to adhere to the principles of peace, based on respect for human rights and shared values.
Taking Aim at Putin in the Speech
During his speech, Trudeau also took aim at Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating that Putin had violated Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. He highlighted the importance of taking action against such violence and loss of life. Trudeau accused Russia of misusing its veto power in the United Nations to escalate the conflict. He stated that the United Nations was established, in part, to prevent people from suffering due to wars.