Russian President Vladimir Putin chairs a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (Photo: AP)Shevchenko is also calling on NATO to take concrete steps to fight the "hybrid war" that the Russian president is already waging against the West. Shevchenko says that involves Russia undermining the sovereignty of various countries through an information war, and financing radical and nationalist parties in Europe, which can be destabilizing. He also says there's an opportunity for Canada to play a larger role in helping find a solution to the two-year-old Russian annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and Moscow's ongoing backing of separatist rebels in his country's east. Shevchenko says the conflict is still simmering, with regular clashes claiming lives and ongoing attacks on the infrastructure of international monitors who are trying to enforce a shaky ceasefire.
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