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Canada backs OECD move to delay Russia membership

International Trade Minister Ed Fast released a statement on Wednesday, May 7, 2014, saying Canada supports the OECD's decision to delay Russia membership.

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Canada says Russia's violation of Ukraine's sovereignty makes it unfit to join an exclusive international economic forum and that it is backing a decision to postpone membership for Moscow in this club.

The 34-member Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development is delaying Russia's accession to its ranks, and International Trade Minister Ed Fast released a statement saying Canada agrees with the decision.

"The Putin regime's military aggression and illegal occupation of Ukraine threaten the stability and security of Central and Eastern Europe," Mr. Fast said in a statement.

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"Canada will not support [Russia]'s accession to the OECD until the Putin regime clearly demonstrates its respect for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity."

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Steven Chase has covered federal politics in Ottawa for The Globe since mid-2001, arriving there a few months before 9/11. He previously worked in the paper's Vancouver and Calgary bureaus. Prior to that, he reported on Alberta politics for the Calgary Herald and the Calgary Sun, and on national issues for Alberta Report. More

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