Canada imposes more sanctions after Ukraine attack

Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird speaks about Canada's response to the situation in Ukraine...

Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird speaks about Canada's response to the situation in Ukraine during a press conference in Ottawa July 11, 2014. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)

Giuseppe Valiante, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:20 PM ET

OTTAWA — Canada imposed sanctions Friday on 14 more individuals linked to the violence in Ukraine, hours after 23 servicemen were killed and 100 wounded in a missile attack by pro-Russian rebels.

Canada recently deployed six CF-18s to Lithuania to help with fly patrols near the Russian border. But Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird wouldn't say if during September's NATO meeting, Canada will call for more permanent NATO bases in Eastern Europe, in order to counter what he said was Russian aggression.

Baird said Canada's first goal is to get Russia "to cease and desist. If they continue on we will be pushing for a more robust response."

Baird also wouldn't discuss the option of expanding Canada's military presence in the region to include more than just fighter jets and pilots.

He said NATO leaders will decide in September what further actions to take to pressure Russia.


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