Canada receives a surprise visit from the Ukrainian president

Written by Jakob A. Overgaard

Sep.22 - 2023 8:20 AM CET

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy made an unexpected visit to Canada, as confirmed by the office of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The two leaders are set to fortify the bond between their nations, with a particular emphasis on supporting Ukraine in its ongoing conflict with Russia.

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During his stay in Ottawa, Zelenskyy is scheduled to meet with Trudeau. The Canadian Prime Minister is expected to reaffirm Canada's unwavering military, economic, humanitarian, and developmental assistance to Ukraine, especially in light of Russia's aggression.

Additionally, a signing ceremony is on the agenda, aiming to further bolster economic relations between the two countries.

Furthermore, Zelenskyy will address the Canadian Parliament in Ottawa. Following this, both leaders will head to Toronto, where they will engage with Canadian business magnates to enhance private sector investments in Ukraine's future.

Trudeau's office released a statement emphasizing Canada's commitment to Ukraine: "Canada, along with its Allies and partners, will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Ukraine for as long as it takes. In close coordination, we will apply more economic pressure on Putin’s regime until it respects Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, including in sectors that are strategically important for Russia, such as oil and gas. Canada will always stand with Ukraine and Ukrainians as they continue to defend their freedoms, independence, and democracy."

In the past, Canada has been a vocal supporter of Ukraine, especially during its challenges with Russia. The two countries share a rich history of collaboration and mutual respect. Many Ukrainians have found a new home in Canada, further intertwining the destinies of these two nations.

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