MPs continue to urge peace in Ukraine

Maria Arseniuk protests against the Russian incursion into Crimea on March 9, 2014 in Ottawa....

Maria Arseniuk protests against the Russian incursion into Crimea on March 9, 2014 in Ottawa. Demonstrators want Western countries to protect Ukraine from Russian President Vladimir Putin's attempt to annex the Ukrainian peninsula. (TONY SPEARS/QMI Agency)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:10 PM ET

OTTAWA – Parliamentarians of all stripes agree Russia’s tightening grip on Crimea is a breach of international law and called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to withdraw his troops from Ukrainian territory.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other world leaders have rejected the legitimacy of a referendum called by the pro-Moscow leaders of autonomous Crimea over rejoining Russia.

The Ukrainian government has said it won’t give up any of the Black Sea peninsula and the country's new prime minister will travel to the U.S. this week to meet President Barack Obama.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Sunday the government “continued to call on Putin to immediately withdraw his military.”

 


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