Canada suspends military exercises with Russia
Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper has ordered the suspension of joint military exercises with Russia, over Moscow's troop intervention in Ukraine's Crimea region.
"I have this morning directed that, effective immediately, all planned bilateral activities between the Canadian Armed Forces and the military of the Russian Federation be suspended," Harper said in a statement.
This includes an annual drill that last year saw Russia, Canada and the United States scramble fighter jets to intercept a hijacked commercial airliner.
A Russian Tupolev, an A-50 Beriev and Sukhoi fighter jets, as well as US AWACS and Canadian CF-18 Hornets were used in the simulation.
Meanwhile in the House of Commons, Harper renewed criticisms of Russia for its intervention in Ukraine, drawing parallels with Nazi Germany.
Three percent of Canadians, or 1.2 million people, trace their roots to Ukraine.