Alberta pulls out of World Petroleum Congress in Moscow
Province cites growing tensions in Ukraine
The Alberta government is pulling out of next month’s meeting of the World Petroleum Congress in Moscow because of escalating tensions in Ukraine.
Premier Dave Hancock says the province stands with the Canadian government in condemning the violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.
"The message we're sending to the Ukraine is one of continued support, and to Russia one of concern about the intervention that they've taken and the escalating tensions that they're creating," Hancock said Wednesday
The delegation was to include 13 oil and gas companies from Alberta. The government was also planning to set up a booth in the Canadian Pavilion.
Although Alberta isn't going, Hancock isn't telling the affected companies to stay away.
"We will not be there participating in the functions that the governments normally participate in," Hancock said.
"And we would be encouraging the companies that do decide to continue to go, because it may be important for them, not to participate in government-sponsored events but to deal with the petroleum events.”
Planning for the event started in 2012. The meeting is taking place June 15 to 19.
The government spent about $100,000 on planning for the event.
With files from The Canadian Press