: Canada PM Justin Trudeau visiting Ukraine
Politics15:03 Jul. 12, 2016

Canada PM Justin Trudeau visiting Ukraine

On 2nd day delegation heading to Lviv region in the west

For the first time since being elected Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has come to Ukraine.

Having stepped on the land, the head of the Canadian government immediately announced the start of special relations between two countries that resulted in signing the Free Trade Pact.

Before the official start Trudeau expressed the desire to visit the Memorial in Commemoration of Famines' Victims in Ukraine. Though the visit to Kyiv has been planned in terms of official tour, Canadian politician took his 8-year-old son with him. 


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, and his son, Xavier, lay flowers at a monument to the victims of the Great Famine in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, July 11, 2016 (AP Photo)

Later Trudeau confessed it was the only chance to spend some time with his children among numerous meetings scheduled a couple of months ahead.

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There are two Ukrainians in the current Canadian government. One of them is Chrystia Freeland, once a writer and now Canada's minister of foreign trade, accompanies Trudeau to Ukraine. Along with Ukraine's First Vice Prime Minister Stepan Kubiv she signed the legendary Free Trade Pact. The document is to be implemented in seven years.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: "Ukraine has done a lot so far on its way to implementing the Minsk agreements. Obviously it is Russia who prevents the ceasefire regime to be fully fulfilled, since Moscow prefers fueling further armed conflict. We hope the whole international community will continue forcing Kremlin to follow the Minsk protocol in order to bring peace to Ukraine."

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Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko in turn thanked his colleague for the support and announced the upcoming visa liberalization between Canada and Ukraine.

Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko: "In a while we will start the negotiations on the visa liberalization process. Ukrainian diaspora is a key player in this aspect."

The next day the whole Canadian delegation headed to the city of Lviv. In western Ukraine Canadian guests are set to visit the Yavoriv polygon where international military drills unfold regularly.

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