President met with the Foreign Minister of Canada
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland.
Petro Poroshenko thanked Canada for the support in the implementation of reforms and countering Russian aggression. A vivid evidence of such assistance is the recent decision of Ottawa to include Ukraine in the list of countries to which it is allowed to supply arms.
The parties discussed the dangerous development of the situation in the Donbas provoked by violation of the ceasefire regime by pro-Russian militants, including cases of shelling of civilian objects. Particular attention was paid to Russia's intentions to undermine the implementation of the Minsk Agreements, in particular, by leaving the JCCC.
In order to facilitate a peaceful settlement, further steps were coordinated to advance the initiative of deploying a UN peacekeeping mission throughout the occupied Donbas area, including the uncontrolled part of the Ukrainian-Russian state border. Chrystia Freeland also informed about close coordination of approaches with the United States, in particular during a meeting with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on December 19.
It was also agreed to continue joint efforts to free the Ukrainian hostages in the Donbas and political prisoners illegally detained in Russia and the occupied Crimea.
The Head of State noted the important role of Ottawa in advancing the Crimean resolution that was approved by the UN General Assembly. Petro Poroshenko called on Canada to actively join the formation of a group of friends on the de-occupation of Crimea.
The President of Ukraine congratulated Canada on its forthcoming responsible mission, chairing the G7, and expressed confidence that the issue of Ukraine would be among the priorities on the agenda of this esteemed forum.
Petro Poroshenko also noted the symbolism of the visit of the Canadian Minister on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the diplomatic service of Ukraine.