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Alberta Premier Smith apologizes for past comments on Russian invasion of Ukraine


Days after Alberta Premier Danielle Smith’s comments about the Russia-Ukraine war came to light, UCP leadership issued an apology.

In a statement posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Smith said she was “reaffirming her condemnation” of the invasion and offered an apology for past comments.

“I strongly condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the indescribable suffering that Russia has caused and is still causing to the Ukrainian people,” the prime minister wrote.

“Prior to my return to politics earlier this year, I made some ill-informed remarks about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. My knowledge and views on the matter have flourished since then. at that time and I apologize for the earlier comments.”

The past remarks come over the weekend after a freelance journalist posted comments Smith made on social media platforms before her successful bid to become leader of the Conservative Party. Prime Minister and Prime Minister.

In a live chat on April 29, Smith said, “The only answer for Ukraine is neutrality,” she added, adding why would Russia have concerns with a Western-aligned Ukraine? West is armed with nuclear weapons on his doorstep. Ukraine gave up its nuclear weapons in the 1990s.

In a February 24 post, she said: “I’ve read that two regions of Ukraine feel closer ties with Russia. But is that what the people want – or is it a propaganda transmission?”

On Monday, opposition critic Sarah Hoffman said Smith was “deaf” and “ruthless” to urge Ukraine to accept neutrality, even as its people were fighting and dying in the invasion. of Russia and called for an apology from the prime minister.

Smith wrote Tuesday that her office is contacting Alberta’s Ukrainian community leaders to take steps toward helping refugees settle into communities across Alberta.

“I stand with Ukraine and the Ukrainian people,” she wrote.

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