03/17/2014 10:30 EDT | Updated 05/17/2014 05:59 EDT

Military Action Might Be Needed Against Russia, MP Rob Anders Says

Calgary Conservative MP Rob Anders says the world needs to consider using force to stop Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine.

Anders was among about 60 people who gathered outside Calgary City Hall on Sunday to denounce the results of a so-called referendum in Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in which residents voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine to join Russia.

In the wake of that vote, on Monday Crimea's regional parliament declared the region an independent state on Monday.

Anders said Putin needs to be sent a very strong message.

“And I also agree with the idea that military action should not be ruled out because I think for somebody who is a thug like Putin, it's what he understands," Anders said.

“And I think that message is not just words. I would very much like to see the U.S. Fifth Fleet move into the Black Sea and the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier move into the eastern Mediterranean,” he said.

Another Calgary MP who attended the rally backed away from Anders’ comment.

“Our government's position as well as the position of the G7 is we want to see a peaceful resolution to this situation,” Michelle Rempel said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper denounced vote in Crimea.

"The so-called referendum held today was conducted with Crimea under illegal military occupation. Its results are a reflection of nothing more than Russian military control," Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a statement, adding that Canada is working with other countries on the possibility of further sanctions.

"Any solution to this crisis must respect the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine as well as the constitution of Ukraine. Mr. Putin's reckless and unilateral actions will lead only to Russia's further economic and political isolation from the international community."

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misidentified the George H.W. Bush aircraft carrier as the "George W. Bush aircraft carrier." This version has been updated.

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