Status: 03/08/2023 03:32 a.m
According to Russian information, the reports on the Nord Stream attacks are intended to distract attention from the masterminds. EU Commission chief von der Leyen praises Canada’s role in the first days of the war. All developments in the live blog.
Von der Leyen: “Canada saved Ukraine in the first few days”
According to EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Canada has made a decisive contribution to Ukraine’s defense capability with years of military training. “I cannot overemphasize this: Canada saved Ukraine in the first few days,” von der Leyen said in an address to parliament in Ottawa during her first official visit as commission chief to the North American country.
“You understood the importance of what was happening in Ukraine before many others, including many Europeans,” von der Leyen said, addressing the Canadians. By starting military training for Ukrainian soldiers after the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, Canada made a decisive contribution to Ukraine’s defense capability at the beginning of the Russian invasion in February 2022.
Russia: Reports about Nord Stream are intended to distract from masterminds
Russia sees the latest media reports on investigations into sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines as an attempt to distract attention from the real masterminds. “It is simply a means of diverting suspicion from those in official government positions who ordered and coordinated the attacks in the Baltic Sea to some abstract person,” the Russian embassy in the United States said on the Telegram news platform. “We cannot and do not want to believe in the impartiality of the conclusions drawn by US intelligence agencies.”