WATCH author confronts Canadian FM over ‘escalation’ of Russian-Ukrainian war – Reuters


The West is ‘causing’ a world war by using Ukraine as a ‘proxy’ against Russia, writer Yves Engler shouted as he hijacked the minister’s speech

Writer and activist Yves Engler interrupted a speech by Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly, accusing Ottawa authorities of aggravating the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and increasing the risk of it becoming into a global confrontation.

Engler shared a clip of himself confronting the Foreign Secretary on Twitter on Tuesday.

It showed the writer on the left entering the conference room and walking towards the stage shouting: “Stop escalating the war. Stop sending arms to Ukraine… You will push us into World War III.

Canada, which along with the United States and other Western countries is supporting Ukraine in the ongoing conflict, has sent so many rocket launchers, grenades and other equipment to Kyiv that it has “exhausted” its own army’s stockpile of weapons, Canadian Defense Minister Anita Anand said last week.

“Why didn’t you push kyiv to sign the Minsk agreements? asked Engler, addressing Joly.

The Minsk Accords, which were signed with the mediation of Russia, Germany and France in 2014, aimed to regulate the status of the breakaway republics of Donetsk and Lugansk as part of Ukraine.

However, shortly before Russia launched its military operation in February, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called the deals “incompetent” and made it clear that kyiv was not going to fulfill them.


“Stop using Ukraine as a proxy against Russia”, the author said, repeating some of his statements in French, then managing to flee the room before security could apprehend him.

In a post on his website Monday, Engler condemned the Russian attack on Ukraine, but pointed out that NATO’s eastward expansion had increased the likelihood of armed conflict between the two nations. . A declaration of Ukraine as a neutral state that will never join the US-led military bloc has been one of Moscow’s main demands during the ongoing peace talks with Kyiv.

“Peace-minded Canadians should redouble their efforts to get Canada out of NATO,” he said.

Engler, who is the author of a dozen books, also actively protested Canada’s involvement in the 2004 Haiti coup. At the time, he crashed during a conference of the then Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Pierre Pettigrew, and poured him cranberry juice, symbolizing the blood of the Haitian people.

He is also a strong supporter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign, which calls for action against Israel for its occupation of Palestinian lands.

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