At today's briefing for Ukrainian and foreign journalists, MFA spokesman said that the Government of Ukraine expresses its appreciation to the Government of Canada for providing a package of macroeconomic assistance of $ 220 million.
“We express our deep gratitude to the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper at the speed with which the Canadian government in such a short time found an opportunity to generate significant in terms of macroeconomic financial aid package. It will be used by us for the reforms needed for successful European integration. Canada has always stood next to the Ukraine in times of challenges, it was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine's independence in 1991 and the new Ukraine in 2014.
We are grateful to Canada for a firm and consistent position on the aggression of Russia against Ukraine and reaffirm commitment to close cooperation in all spheres.
Ukraine is proud of the special partnership between the two countries, based on close family ties between the Ukrainian and the historic homeland in Canada, as well as shared values, professing our peoples and governments.”
The decision about financial support was announced by Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird in the Parliament of Canada on March 13.
He was the first foreign high official, who visited Ukraine immediately after the formation of the new Ukrainian government. During his meeting with new authorities in Kiev, were discussed the priorities of the new Ukrainian government to rebuild the country reform its economy and banking system, combating corruption, and major areas where we need the most help and assistance of our partners and friends.
A words of gratitude of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine was posted in Twitter also:
It`s vitally important for Ukraine.