Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Clinton Says Canada Has Key Role to Play as NATO Braces for More Tests by Putin

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Clinton Says Canada Has Key Role to Play as NATO Braces for More Tests by Putin

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Clinton says Canada key to NATO amid Crimea crisis

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MONTREAL - Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton says Canada has a key role to play as NATO braces for more developments linked to the crisis between Russia and Ukraine.

Speaking in Montreal on Tuesday, Clinton said Canada and the U.S. should work together to find a smart way to prevent more conflicts or a situation that gets out of control.

"I think Canada and the United States can inject some real thoughtful analysis as to how we can deter further aggression against free people," Clinton said during a question-and-answer period that followed her speech to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

"A lot of your military leaders have played significant roles and I think we have to remain closely unified in trying to think of what happens next. How will we deal with what I'm afraid we're in for, which is a lot of probing and testing."

Instead of "rattling sabres," she suggested NATO proceed with its sanctions and provide timely financial and technical support to the government in Kyiv. She said the allies must also make it clear to Ukraine that it have an inclusive government.

Clinton also said steps must be taken to help European countries become less reliant on Russian energy sources.

"The Russians can only intimidate you if you are dependent on them," said the potential 2016 U.S. presidential contender.

Putin has called Sunday's referendum on Crimea, which overwhelmingly supported annexation, legal and signed a treaty Tuesday for the strategic region to become part of Russia.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced new sanctions Tuesday against Russia as he slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin over what he called the "illegal annexation" of Crimea.

Baird, who later attended Clinton's speech, said 17 Ukrainian and Russian officials were added to a list of those who had their assets frozen. …

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