During his visit to the capital of Canada, Mr. Parubiy held a number of fruitful meetings with Canadian government officials and politicians.
During the meeting with the group of senators led by the Chair of the Committee of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Sen. Raynell Andreychuk issues of strengthening the defensive capacity of Ukraine, systematic violations of human rights by terrorists in the occupied territories and in Crimea, illegally annexed by Russia were discussed. The sides also discussed the prospects of further development of trade and economic relations between the two countries, particularly in the context of the signing and implementation of the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine in 2016.
During the meeting with the leader of the opposition in the Canadian Parliament the Honourable Rona Ambrose and members of the Conservative caucus, Mr. Parubiy spoke about the Ukraine’s needs in the military and defense sector, and reported on the sustainable progress of the Ukrainian reforms.
First Deputy Speaker had a brief meeting with Canadian Prime Minister the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau and Minister of Defense the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan.
At the outcomes of the visit it was agreed to establish Ukraine-Canada Group of Friendship in the Canadian Parliament (on multiparty base). Ukrainian side emphasized the need to support Ukraine in the sphere of defense (military equipment, joint training and continuing training mission).
At the end of the visit, Mr. Parubiy took part in a commemorative event at the Parliament of Canada, dedicated to the memory of Heavenly Hundred, and gave an interview to the Canadian newspaper «Globe and Mail»