Hundreds of Ukrainians gathered outside the Russian embassy in Canberra on Sunday in protest against the Putin government’s occupation of the Crimean Peninsula and other eastern regions of Ukraine. Coinciding with the Ukrainian presidential elections, the demonstration was just one of many happening worldwide. About 500 people travelled from Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane to demonstrate, with Ukrainian citizens taking the opportunity to cast their vote at the Ukrainian embassy before staging a peaceful protest outside Russia’s embassy in Griffith.
Australia cancels contacts with Russia to protest invasion of Ukraine
The Minister for Trade of Australia, Andrew Robb, canceled a planned visit to Russia on Monday as a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
This was announced by the Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, writes Radio Svoboda [Radio Freedom].
He also cancelled a visit by the Secretary of the National Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev.
“Russia must withdraw. It should withdraw its troops from Ukraine, Ukraine and the people should have the right to decide their own future,” – said the Prime Minister, speaking in Parliament.
“Unprovoked aggression has no place in our world,” – PM Tony Abbott stated.
On Monday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia called in Russian ambassador Vladimir Morozov, for an explanation of his country’s actions in Ukraine.
According to the Australian press, the Ambassador said that all criticism…
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