The meeting of the Ukrainian MPs and members of the Standing Committee on National Defense of the House of Commons of the Canadian Parliament took place in the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Verkhovna Rada on September 25. The sides discussed the issue of the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas. It is reported at the website of the Ukrainian Parliament.
‘The sides discussed the issues of the bilateral relations and perspectives of the cooperation in the context of the development of the inter-parliamentarian dialogue between Ukraine and Canada. The Ukrainian side reported about the inner political situation in our country, particularly, about the situation in the East of Ukraine and temporary occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol and spoke out for the necessity of the use of more effective measures against Russian aggressor’, the message said.
It is noted that the parliamentarians emphasized the necessity on the deepening of the cooperation in the different spheres, particularly in economic and defense spheres at the meeting.
‘The parties also considered the holding of the all-inclusive inner reforms, discussion of the issue of the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas that can protect the citizens from the armed violence and further the restoration of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of state and the perspectives of the membership of Ukraine in NATO’, the Verkhovna Rada reported.
It is noted that the representatives of the parliamentarian delegation of Canada emphasized the importance of the visit and expressed the confidence that this visit will further the activation of the bilateral Ukrainian-Canadian cooperation at all levels and at all spheres, especially in defense sphere.
Ukrainian parliamentarians thanked the Canadian side for the support of the territorial integrity of Ukraine and expressed the hope that they will be able to reach peace in the East of Ukraine and return temporary occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol through joint efforts.
The Chairman of the Committee Ganna Gopko particularly thanked for the official recognition of the Holocaust in Ukraine in 1932-1933 as the genocide of the Ukrainian nation.
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko paid the official visit to Canada. He met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Premier of Ontario province Kathleen Wynne, the Canadian parliamentarians and senators and local enterprisers and community. The presidential administration reported that Ukraine got the assurances from Canada that it supports the deployment of the UN peacekeeping mission in Donbas.