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Canada PM Justin Trudeau Advocates for Stronger Language on Ukraine: A Personal Perspective

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Statement on G20 New Delhi Leaders’ Meeting

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the joint declaration issued after the G20 New Delhi Leaders’ meeting would have been stronger if it were up to Canada.

Trudeau’s Opinion on the Declaration

  • Trudeau expressed his belief that the leaders’ declaration would have been much stronger, particularly on Ukraine, if it was solely up to him.
  • He also mentioned that if it was up to other countries around the table, the declaration would have been much weaker, particularly on Ukraine.
  • Trudeau emphasized the importance of compromise in an international forum like the G20.

Similar Views from European Diplomats

Trudeau’s position aligned with that of European diplomats who admitted that the statement would have looked different if the European Union had written it alone. However, they stressed that the goal was to reach a consensus document.

Perception of India-Canada Ties

Trudeau’s remarks were significant as they came amidst the perception of increased tension in India-Canada ties.

Trudeau acknowledged the importance of India as an economy and a partner to Canada in various areas, including climate change and creating growth and prosperity.

Discussion on Khalistan Extremism and Interference in Canadian Politics

Trudeau mentioned that the issue of Khalistan extremism and interference in Canadian politics was raised during his bilateral conversation with Prime Minister Modi.

Ukraine’s Disappointment with the Declaration

Ukraine expressed its disappointment with the G20 Delhi declaration, stating that it was “nothing to be proud of.”

The country’s foreign ministry spokesperson also mentioned that the participation of the Ukrainian side would have allowed the participants to better understand the situation.

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Updated: 10 Sep 2023, 10:38 PM IST

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