PM concludes visit to Ukraine

Announces Canadian contribution to OSCE Special Monitoring Mission

Kyiv, Ukraine
22 March 2014

Introduction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today concluded a successful visit to Ukraine where he met with Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and reaffirmed Canada’s strong support for the new Government of Ukraine as it undertakes the important steps of embracing the economic and democratic reforms needed to restore stability and prosperity in the country. The Prime Minister also condemned Russia’s illegal military occupation of Ukraine and reiterated the call for immediate de-escalation by Russia.

During his visit, the Prime Minister also announced Canada’s contribution to a political and security monitoring mission to Ukraine, led by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).  

Canada’s support to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, through Canada’s Global Peace and Security Fund, will assist the OSCE to report on the security situation in Ukraine, foster peace and stability, encourage respect for human rights, and enable an environment for inclusive political dialogue in Ukraine.

Prime Minister Harper wrapped up his day in Ukraine with a visit to Independence Square, where he laid a wreath as a symbol of Canada’s respect for those who died while standing up for democratic change.  

Quick Facts

  • Canada has expressed its deep concerns over the situation in Ukraine since the beginning of the crisis.
  • Canada has imposed travel bans and economic sanctions against a number of Russian and Ukrainian individuals responsible for threatening the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.
  • In addition, Canada has provided support to help Ukraine stabilize its economy, promote economic and social development, and for urgent medical assistance for Ukrainians injured while standing up for democratic change.
  • Canada, along with a number of other member countries of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), has also taken part in a military observer mission that will report on military activities in Ukraine.
  • Canada and Ukraine have enjoyed close bilateral relations since Canada became the first Western nation to recognize Ukraine’s independence on December 2, 1991.
  • Supported by the large (1.2 million) and active Ukrainian-Canadian community, relations have grown to encompass cooperation in the political, security and commercial spheres.

Quotes

“Canada strongly supports the Ukrainian people who have spoken out courageously in calling for a free and democratic Ukraine. Restoring political and economic stability to the country is a priority for Canada and our allies.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper 

“Canada is committed to helping Ukraine chart a new course in history, one that is underpinned by democratic principles, the rule of law, and a respect for human rights.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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