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07/11/2014 03:41 EDT | Updated 09/10/2014 05:59 EDT

John Baird addresses latest developments in Ukraine

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird will give an update on Canada's response to the situation in Ukraine in a news conference Friday afternoon.

CBCnews.ca is carrying the update live at 4 p.m. ET.

On Thursday, the government announced that six CF-18 fighter jets that had been based in Romania on a training mission since May will be moved to Russia's doorstep in Lithuania in September.

The jets were sent to Europe as part of a NATO measure to thwart what Prime Minister Stephen Harper has called Russia's "persistent military aggression" in Ukraine.

A statement from National Defence said the CF-18s will be deployed in Lithuania until December as part of a NATO Baltic Air Policing program and will respond to "any violations of Baltic air space."

Canada has also imposed a series of economic sanctions and travel bans against Russian and Ukrainian individuals, expelled a Russian diplomat and earmarked $220 million to help stabilize the Ukrainian economy.

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