Poroshenko and Freeland discuss escalation of Donbas conflict and release of sailors

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada is on a diplomatic visit in Kyiv
20:11, 8 May 2019


Presidential Administration press office

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday, May 8. The press service of the head of state reported this.  

“The parties have discussed the deteriorating situation in the Donbas combat zone, taking into the account the recent acts by Moscow authority. Petro Poroshenko called on Canada to strengthen sanctions against Russia as a response to the so-called ‘passport orders’, the report said.  

Related: Ukraine not to recognize Russian passports issued to Donbas residents

Besides, the President noted the significance of the peacekeeping mission from the UN to the temporarily occupied territories of Donbas, including the uncontrolled part of the state border between Ukraine and Russia.

Presidential Administration press office

Poroshenko thanked Canada for implementing the coordination with EU and USA of the so-called Azov package of sanctions on March.

Related: U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary Kent meets with President-elect Zelensky

They stressed the issues of release of 24 sailors and all Ukrainian hostages, which are illegally kept by Russia.  

Poroshenko outlined the important role of Canada in the development of the defensive potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. They also discussed the potential directions of the fortification of security of the cooperation between Kyiv and Ottawa as well as the support by Canada of Ukraine concerning getting the opportunity to become a member of NATO.

Presidential Administration press office

Freeland welcomed the free and democratic character of the presidential election in Ukraine and outlined the special Poroshenko’s role in this.

Earlier, the president-elect of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky held a meeting with the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland

It is reported that Zelensky and Freeland discussed the fight against corruption and Minsk format for resolving the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Related: Poroshenko agrees to testify in Prosecutor General's Office

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