Readout of a video conference call between the defence ministers of Canada and Ukraine

Readout of a video conference call between the defence ministers of Canada and Ukraine

Today, Defence Minister Anita Anand spoke with Ukrainian Minister of Defence Oleksii Reznikov via video conference. This was a follow-up to the ministers’ call from last week.

During the call, Minister Anand indicated that she is looking forward to meeting with Minister Reznikov in-person in the near future, including to further discuss the security situation on the ground in Ukraine. Minister Reznikov reiterated Ukraine’s gratitude for the Canadian Armed Forces’ support to the Security Forces of Ukraine through Operation UNIFIER, Canada’s training and capacity building mission.

The ministers discussed their increasing concerns with respect to Russia’s aggression and military buildup in and around Ukraine, as well as Moscow’s lack of willingness to engage seriously on the matter and put forward reasonable proposals to de-escalate. The meeting also focused on Canada’s previous and current engagement in Ukraine, with both ministers speaking about the additional assistance Canada could potentially provide.

The ministers further recognized the importance of collective security and the need for strengthened coordination with partners and allies in upholding Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

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