President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with Canadian Foreign Minister Douglas Nicholson, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Head of State.
Poroshenko noted strong support for Ukraine from Canada and tough reaction to the aggression of Russia against Ukraine. "This is not just an issue of Ukrainian independence, it is a matter of global security," President said.
In turn, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada said that the support for Ukraine, particularly, in resolution of the situation in the Donbas was one of the priorities of Canada's foreign policy.
The two sides discussed the situation in the Donbas. According to Poroshenko, Ukraine clearly performs the Minsk agreements, but the other party violates them. Particularly, the President noted non-fulfillment of a part of the agreements regarding liberation of the hostages, including Nadiya Savchenko, who is held in Russia. As for the Ukrainian pilot, who yesterday celebrated her birthday, the President stressed that Ukraine was doing everything possible to liberate her.
The President also thanked the Canadian side for the military and technical assistance, in particular, for sending a mission of 200 instructors to train the Ukrainian military. "There is a positive experience in working with the United States, Poland and other countries. To increase professionalism of the Ukrainian Army is our priority," said Poroshenko.
The sides noted interest in developing relations in the economic sphere and in attraction of Canadian investors. Thus, during the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister of Canada, it is expected further discussion of bilateral agreement on free trade zone. "We need to show progress. We are open for cooperation," he said. In turn, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada expressed interest in increasing goods turnover between the countries.
The President drew attention to simplification of visa regime for the Ukrainians, in particular, to extension of visa validity.
Poroshenko also noted support for Ukraine by the Canadian International Development Agency. "Reforms are a matter of survival. We are very interested in your experience in the government," said the President.
Canadian Foreign Minister stressed that his country would continue to support Ukraine. In particular, it is planned to allocate more than 30 million Canadian dollars of assistance to Ukraine for humanitarian purposes and the development of democratic institutions. He also recalled the words of the Prime Minister of Canada, who said that "the world is changing, but the next 5 days or 5 months, or 50 years – you can count on the support for Ukraine on the part of Canada."