Harper blames Russia for rising Ukraine tension

Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (JOHN MAJOR/QMI AGENCY files)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper. (JOHN MAJOR/QMI AGENCY files)

Mark Dunn, Senior National Reporter

, Last Updated: 11:07 PM ET

OTTAWA - Russia's actions in Ukraine threatens world peace and stability, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday as he and other Western leaders tried to figure out a response to prevent a broader invasion.

Harper and Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird met ambassadors and officials from seven Baltic and European countries to discuss the worsening situation in eastern Ukraine, where 40,000 Russian troops are amassed along the border.

Pro-Russian agitators who oppose closer ties to the West are causing unrest in several cities in what Harper said is a calculated attempt by the Kremlin to stir trouble to create a pretext to invade - similar to the takeover of Crimea.

"The situation is getting worse," he said. "Patently without any doubt whatsoever, strictly the work of Russia provocateurs sent by the Putin regime," Harper said about Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he described as "aggressive, militaristic and imperialistic."

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