Defence Minister Anita Anand spoke this week with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov via videoconference.
Minister Reznikov thanked Minister Anand for the assistance Canada has provided to his country, in particular the training provided by the Canadian Armed Forces to Ukrainian security forces. Minister Anand emphasized the longstanding ties between the two nations, and reaffirmed Canada’s steadfast commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The ministers discussed extensively their concerns with Russia’s ongoing aggressive and destabilizing actions in and around Ukraine. Both ministers condemned Russia’s actions, and underscored the need for Russia to de-escalate the situation and live up to its international commitments on transparency of military activities. Minister Anand noted she has been engaged with her NATO counterparts, as well as with other partner nations, regarding the need for the international community to send a clear message to Russia that any further military incursion in Ukraine would have severe consequences and costs.
The ministers agreed to speak again in the near future. Minister Reznikov also extended an invitation for Minister Anand to visit him in Ukraine. Minister Anand indicated her significant interest in such a visit once their respective schedules permit.