During the meeting, the parties discussed foreign and economic cooperation and briefed each other on the measures undertaken by the countries to curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal met with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Larisa Galadza.
Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko was also present at the meeting on Thursday, April 9th.
Denys Schmyhal has told the Ambassador of Canada about the steps undertaken by the Government to counteract the spread of coronavirus. In particular, support for healthcare workers, socially vulnerable groups, jobless people, small and medium-sized businesses.
Moreover, the Head of Government accentuated the importance of adopting amendments to the State Budget as soon as possible, as it would allow to provide financial assistance to pensioners and to increase increment for medical personnel.
“The Verkhovna Rada agreed on the main expenditures of the updated State Budget. By the end of the workweek, we are still working with the specialized Committee. And the next week we expect MPs to vote for changes to the State Budget,” Denys Shmyhal stressed.
The Prime Minister also informed Ms. Larisa Galadza about the establishment of the Coronavirus Response Fund. In her turn, the Ambassador of Canada shared her country’s experience in combating the coronavirus and noted that Ukraine is taking effective measures.
During the meeting, Denys Shmyhal also raised an issue of the situation with the Ukrainian plane crash in Iran.
“We have gained an understanding that the black boxes from this plane could be returned to Ukraine. Work continues despite other challenges,” the Prime Minister said.
The PM also expressed gratitude to Canada for its support of Ukraine and its firm position on preserving sanctions against Russia. In her turn, Ms. Larisa Galadza noted that Canada always stays the course and intends to further accentuate its stance in this issue on the foreign policy arena.