Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine met with members of The House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence of the Parliament of Canada. The parties focused on Ukrainian-Canadian relations and prospects for expanding cooperation in security and defense domains.
Members of the Canadian Parliament reaffirmed their commitment to further support our state in the struggle for maintaining territorial integrity and re-establishing peace.
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze expressed gratitude for the support of the Ukrainian team in this year's Invictus Games, which kicked off in Toronto, as well as for providing technical assistance and expertise, in particular, the training of Ukrainian military personnel. She commended the work of Canadian high-level strategic advisers within the Reform Committee under the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine, who help "to transform the challenges into opportunities".
The Vice Prime Minister briefed the delegation about the situation in the eastern Ukraine, underlining the continued violation of the pro-Russian illegal armed formations of the Minsk agreements, which result in casualties among the military and the civilian population. She emphasized the importance of a defense agreement between Ukraine and Canada signed this year and expressed hopes Ukraine to be included in the AFCCL (Automatic Firearms Country Control List).
Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze noted that Ukraine is among the major donors of European security protecting Europe from the Russian authoritarian regime. She reminded that in June this year the Verkhovna Rada had legislatively confirmed Ukraine's aspiration to join NATO. Ukraine is vigorously working to achieve compliance with the high standards of the Alliance and counts on support from its allies and partners in the process of Euro-Atlantic integration.
During the meeting, the sides raised issues of structural reforms in Ukraine in various fields, in particular, the privatization of state property, energy security, gender equality, the fight against corruption and judicial reform.