Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Canada's NATO Delegation Offers Russia Some Geography Lessons

OTTAWA, Canada -- It seems Canada's delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is not above blatantly mocking Russia in light of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Geography can be tough. Here’s a guide for Russian soldiers who keep getting lost and ‘accidentally’ enter Ukraine.

On Wednesday, the delegation's official Twitter account posted a helpful "guide" for Russian soldiers who claim to have "accidentally" crossed into Ukraine.

The post has already been re-tweeted thousands of times.

The Ukrainian military said Wednesday that Russian soldiers in armored infantry carriers crossed into eastern Ukraine just a day after Russian paratroopers were captured in the same area, Reuters reports.

Moscow claimed the incursions were simple mistakes but Ukrainian military spokesperson Colonel Andriy Lysenko said the paratroopers were on a "special mission."

"If this tactical group got lost and accidentally came into Ukraine like the paratroops of the 98th paratroop division then it remains for us to remind them that they can return to Russia, taking an easterly direction," Lysenko told reporters.

The Conservative government has aggressively denounced Russia's incursions into Ukraine and at least one poll suggests Canadians are satisfied with the hawkish tone taken by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

In a speech to troops in Nunavut this week, the prime minister said Canada must also be prepared to respond to Russian antagonism.

"In Europe, we see the imperial ambitions of Vladimir Putin, who seems determined that, for Russia's neighbours, there shall be no peace...," he said.

"And because Russia is also Canada's neighbour, we must not be complacent here at home."

Source: Huff Post