G-7 will support Ukraine for as long as it takes, Trudeau says

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Group of Seven leaders understand that the war in Ukraine may be lengthy but are prepared to support the country for as long as it takes, Canada’s prime minister said in an interview.

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“We’ve always known this was going to be a long process,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said when asked how the Ukraine counteroffensive is progressing. “Certainly from the conversations we’ve had at the G7 and NATO, we are ready for a war that will take as long as it needs to, because we cannot and must not let Russia win.”

Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has stressed the need for allies to contribute at least 2% of GDP to defense. Canada isn’t meeting that goal, but has also argued that some of its security contributions, for example by its Coast Guard, aren’t counted in the calculation. In 2005, former Prime Minister Paul Martin made clear that Canada’s Norad involvement would be limited to detection and tracking but not the interception of inbound missiles. Conversations about whether Canada should reconsider joining the US on ballistic missile defense are ongoing, Trudeau said, but noted that ICBMs are no longer the only challenge, given a new generation of hypersonic weapons that can travel at more than five times the speed of sound.

Canada needs to invest in nuclear-powered submarines in order to better patrol its vast territorial waters, retired US Navy Admiral James Stavridis argued in an Aug. 17 editorial for Bloomberg. Facing similar challenges, Australia is securing a fleet of nuclear subs from the UK and the US under the Aukus partnership to counter China’s military expansion in the Indo-Pacific.

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