15:00 Jul. 11, 2016
Free Trade Pact between two countries to be signed on July 11-12
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Ukraine's capital.
He met with Ukrainian officials and journalists in Kyiv's famous art and cultural museum complex Mystetskyi Arsenal. A lot of selfies were made with the Canadian PM.
During his visit to Kyiv, Trudeau plans to sign with Ukrainian officials the Free Trade Agreement between Ukraine and Canada.
"Since I became Prime Minister, I wanted to come to Ukraine. Two ministers of Ukrainian origin work for the Canadian government. It is important for me to be here. I know, now Ukraine is experiencing difficult times, in particular - aggression, the country is under attack", Ukrainian media quoted Trudeau as saying.
In June, Ukraine's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade announced that the free trade deal between Canada and Ukraine will be signed in Kyiv on 11-12 July.
Canada and Ukraine reached the free trade agreement in July 2015. The deal will eliminate tariffs on almost all imports and is seen as a signal of Canada's support to an embattled Ukrainian government to build its economy and establish greater ties with the West.
During his visit, Justin Trudeau plans to hold meetings with Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman and Parliament Chairman Andriy Parubiy.
Canada's Prime Minister intends to lay flowers at the memorial of the 'Heavenly Hundred' (Ukrainian activists that were killed in central Kyiv in 2014 during the Euromaidan revolution), the memorial to Holodomor victims, at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (World War II victims) and the monument at Babyn Yar in Kyiv.
On July 12, Justin Trudeau also plans to visit Canadian soldiers who train Ukrainian soldiers in Yavoriv in the Lviv region (Western Ukraine).
A warm welcome in Ukraine as we arrive ready to deepen & grow the ties between our countries. pic.twitter.com/U7kddq56zS— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) July 10, 2016