The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during today’s meeting in the framework of the “Games undefeated” in Toronto, which first attended the Ukrainian military confirmed strong = ties between Canada and Ukraine and their common commitment to further deepen bilateral relations. About it reports a press-service of Administration of the President.
This year, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and Ukraine, we analyse the important gains made since our last meeting in Kyiv in July 2016.
- Economic empowerment
The entry into force of the free trade Agreement (FTA) between Canada and Ukraine is a historic moment in our bilateral relations. We strive to work closely together to ensure that citizens of Canada and Ukraine could as quickly as possible to take advantage of the Agreement.
Thanks to the implementation of the Agreement we hope to increase bilateral trade between Canada and Ukraine in the agricultural, information technology, energy and aerospace sectors. The two-year review of the SST, we explore the possibility of expanding the Agreement on additional areas such as services and investments.
- Strengthening cooperation in the field of security
Canada unconditionally supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Canada emphasizes its non-recognition of illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia, and continues to condemn the Russian military aggression in the Donbas. Canada will continue to put pressure on Russia, including using available sanctions to the Russian side to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and fully comply with the Minsk agreement.
Operation UNIFIER supports important efforts in the field of military training and building capacity of Ukraine to ensure its sovereignty and security, and facilitates the mutually beneficial exchange of information between the Armed forces of Canada and Ukraine.
Canada will continue to support Ukraine’s progress on the path of Euro-Atlantic integration and implementation of and compliance with NATO standards as part of an ambitious agenda of reforms. Canada appreciates the devotion of Ukraine to its relations with NATO and its significant contribution in operations under the auspices of the Alliance.
- Poroshenko and Trudeau discussed the progress of reforms and peacekeeping mission in the Donbass
In light of the General security challenges we reaffirm our shared interest in maintaining international peace through the bilateral Agreement on defense cooperation and our shared commitment to the implementation of the programme of reform of the defence sphere of Ukraine. Canada supports the goal of Ukraine to achieve interoperability with NATO by 2020, providing assistance in the form of tactical training and strategic advice.
- Common values
Canada has close ties with Ukraine, reinforced by generations of Ukrainian migrants to Canada. We intend to develop contacts between citizens of our countries, in particular, by promoting youth mobility, in order to create new relations between our countries for future generations.
We acknowledge the significant progress made by Ukraine in implementing reforms and launching of the sustainable development Strategy “Ukraine-2020”, as well as Canada’s contribution to this process. Persistent efforts are critical to achieving sustainable institutional transformation, overcoming obstacles to reform and the realization of full potential of Ukraine. We are guided in our efforts and vision for a shared devotion to the values of inclusivity and diversity.
As you know, Petro Poroshenko, on September 22-23, is in Canada on a working visit.