Trudeau pledges endless support for war in Ukraine: 'As much as it takes, as long as it takes'

"Canada will be there for Ukraine alongside our other allies with as much as it takes, for as long as it takes," Trudeau said.

Jarryd Jaeger Vancouver, BC
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed attendees at the NATO Summit in Vilnius, Latvia. On behalf of Canada, he vowed to support Ukraine "with as much as it takes, for as long as it takes."

He later said that it may take "years" to successfully end the war and accept Zelensky's bid to join NATO.

"One of the messages that we want to continue to send directly to Vladimir Putin," Trudeau said, "is that Canada will be there for Ukraine alongside our other allies with as much as it takes, for as long as it takes."

He explained that "multi-year committments" were the core of new security guarantees being offered by western nations, adding it would ensure that Putin's plan to "wait out and grind down" allied forces would not succeed.

"There is much work to do over the coming years to see this war end successfully for Ukraine, and have them come join us fully as part of NATO," Trudeau continued, noting that Canada "unequivocally supports" Ukraine's acceptance into the alliance "when conditions allow."

Trudeau shifted his focus to the war itself, stating in no uncertain terms that Canada would continue to stand against the use of cluster bombs. American president Joe Biden announced last week that he would be sending the controversial weapons to Ukraine, a move that has garnered criticism at home and abroad, with many pointing out that Biden's former press secretary Jen Psaki called the use of cluster bombs a "war crime" in 2022.

During his speech, Trudeau also appeared to express support for international borders.

"Ukraine," he said, "is fighting to make sure that borders, their own or anywhere else around the world, mean something."

Those comments were met with criticism from many on Twitter, who called out the prime minister for failing to uphold the same standard at home.

"Perhaps we could try that in Canada?" one user wrote.
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