At a recent news conference Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that Canada would extend its training mission to the Ukraine.
|The announcement was no surprise as Canada has long been a supporter of the U.S.-led NATO campaign supporting the Ukraine in reaction to the annexation of the Crimea and Russian support for the rebel enclaves in eastern Ukraine. Freeland herself is a major critic of Russia. Canada has imposed sanctions on Russia. As retaliation, Russia placed a travel ban on some Canadians including Freeland. Nevertheless, Trudeau made her Foreign Affairs Minister. Russia suggested that they might remove the travel ban if Canada removed the sanctions but that idea was rejected. At the news conference, Freeland faced questions about her Ukrainian grandfather Michael Chomiak and his ties to the Nazis.|