The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today spoke with Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Minister Joly expressed Canada’s deep concern with Russia’s military buildup and ongoing destabilizing activities in and around Ukraine.
The ministers discussed the importance of dialogue in forums such as NATO and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe so that a peaceful resolution to this situation may be found. Minister Joly emphasized Canada’s work with its international partners to de-escalate the situation and coordinate responses to deter Russian aggression.
The ministers concluded their call by saying they look forward to the 30th anniversary of Canada-Ukraine bilateral relations later this month. They agreed that the deep and special bond between their countries is more important than ever. Minister Joly reiterated that Canada will always stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.