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Canada PM Trudeau says tests positive for Covid******
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday he has tested positive for Covid-19, while calling out truckers protesting against vaccine mandates.
"I feel well and have no symptoms," the 50-year-old premier told a news conference.
Trudeau had announced last week he was isolating after being exposed to the coronavirus. Two of his three children have also since tested positive, he said.
Trudeau, who received his third dose of the Covid vaccine in January, urged Canadians to get vaccinated and boosted, as the nation battles a rise in cases and hospitalizations due to the Omicron variant.
He will not be physically present for the return of parliament on Monday after a winter break, saying he would be "working remotely this week and keep following public health guidelines."
Outside parliament, a mass protest led by Canadian truckers opposed to vaccine mandates for crossing the Canada-US border continued for a third day.
The demonstration was much smaller than on the weekend when some 8,000 protestors, according to police, converged on the capital with horns blaring, clogging downtown streets and forcing closures of stores, schools and Covid vaccine clinics.
Trudeau defended the vaccination mandate, noting that 90 percent of drivers are already vaccinated.
"It is not by demonstrating against the pandemic but by getting vaccinated" that Canada will end public health restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus, he said.
The prime minister also condemned the actions of some protestors over the weekend, when demonstrators had propagated racist messages and flown Nazi flags, as well as danced and urinated on the National War Memorial. Some also reportedly forced a local soup kitchen to serve them meals intended for the homeless.
"We are not intimidated by those who hurl insults and abuse at small business workers and steal food from the homeless," Trudeau said.
"We won't give in to those who fly racist flags. We won't cave to those who engage in vandalism or dishonor the memory of our veterans."
Police have opened several criminal investigations into alleged threats and intimidation by protestors.
On Monday, a truck collided with a police barrier blocking access to the parliamentary precinct.
"There were no injuries and the situation was de-escalated," a police spokesperson told AFP.
The nation's most populous province of Ontario, where Trudeau lives in the capital Ottawa, is expected to start easing Covid restrictions from Monday, allowing restaurants, bars, sports venues and movie theaters to re-open.
Canada has recorded more than 2.9 million cases of Covid-19 and more than 33,000 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
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Putin signs decrees recognizing 2 'independent republics' in east Ukraine's Donbass******
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his address to the nation at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 21, 2022.
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed two decrees recognizing "the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR)" and "the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR)" as independent and sovereign states.
At a ceremony held in the Kremlin, Putin also inked the Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between Russia and the LPR and the DPR respectively with the heads of the two "republics," a Kremlin statement said.
"I consider it necessary to make a long-overdue decision – to immediately recognize the independence and sovereignty of the DPR and the LPR," Putin said in a televised address to the nation.
"Russia has done everything to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine" by fighting for the implementation of 2015 Minsk agreements, but all the efforts ended up in vain, he told the public.
According to Putin, nearly everyday there is Ukrainian shelling of settlements in Donbass and "there is no end in sight."
The crisis of European security occurred due to the eastward expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), which has led to the loss of mutual trust with Russia, Putin stressed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signs documents, including a decree recognizing two Russian-backed breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine as independent, during a ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow on February 21, 2022.
He called it just "a matter of time" for NATO to accept Ukraine as a member state and then build facilities on its territory so that the level of military threats to Russia will rise dramatically.
As Moscow asked the United States and NATO for security guarantees, the Western countries precisely ignored Russia's fundamental concerns and nothing has changed in their position, Putin noted.
In such a condition, Russia "has every right to take retaliatory measures to ensure its own security," the president said.
Putin said he is aware that the West is trying to "blackmail" Russia again with sanctions, but he believes that sanctions will continue just because Russia exists, regardless of the situation in Ukraine.
After recognizing the independence of the LPR and the DPR, Putin instructed the Russian armed forces to ensure peace in the two "countries."
Earlier in the day, the Russian Security Council held an extraordinary meeting, when the country's top officials supported the recognition of the two "republics."
On Monday evening, Putin had phone conversations with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who "expressed their disappointment" with Putin's plan to recognize the LPR and the DPR, but meanwhile they showed readiness to continue contacts, according to a Kremlin statement.