Richard Fadden, National Security Advisor of the Prime Minister of Canada met with Ukrainian Deputy Minister of Defense Petro Mekhed and assured intentions of Canada to deepen Canadian-Ukrainian defence cooperation.
“We thank the Canadian people and Canadian Government and the Ukrainian community in Canada for assistance, - Mekhed stressed. - Everyone understands that this war is not just against Ukraine".
Ukraine is one of 25 countries of focus for Canada’s development assistance. It is a top-priority country within the region for the Military Training Cooperation Program (MTCP). Canada supports the NATO-Ukraine Joint Working Group through the provision of language, staff officer, and peacekeeping training for Ukrainian military and civilian personnel. With Canada’s ongoing commitment and increased support to Ukraine, the MTCP has duly responded by increasingly the course offerings to Ukraine in 2014 and 2015. Ukraine is currently the largest participant in Canada’s MTCP.
Canada and Ukraine cooperate in projects in the area of nuclear security and nuclear safety (including the Chornobyl Shelter Fund), the redirection of former weapons scientists through the Science and Technology Centre in Ukraine (STCU), and border security. Between 2003 and 2012 Canada provided Ukraine with over $57.5 million for nuclear and radiological safety and security, and over $20 million to help redirect the work of former weapons scientists towards peaceful pursuits.