The third Ukraine Reform Conference scheduled for early July will become a forum not for slogans but for practical solutions for Ukraine. This was stated at the meeting between Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland. The conference will be held in Toronto (Canada) at the invitation of the Canadian side.
"It is a great honor for us to host a conference on reform issues. This will be important and striking opportunity to demonstrate to the world that Ukraine is a country of democracy and reform. We invite investors and believe that Ukraine will have a lot to tell them. We want this conference to become not a conference of slogans but practical content of cooperation", the Foreign Minister of Canada said.
"I would like to praise the decision of the Canadian side to host a reform conference. I am assured that we will discuss everything we need to do to achieve the goals of the changes that we are implementing. The issues at stake are a new quality of economy, education, medicine, effective fight against corruption, etc.", Volodymyr Groysman said.
The Head of Government briefed the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada on the agenda of the negotiations within the framework of the conference that is being shaped now as well as a list of international documents that can be signed and which will be of utmost importance for both Ukrainian and Canadian citizens.
The Prime Minister thanked the Canadian side for the continued support of Ukraine, primarily in the face of Russian aggression. In this context, Volodymyr Groysman placed a special emphasis on the current decision of the Cabinet of Ministers not to recognize the fake Russian passports issued to residents of the occupied territories. The Head of Government stressed that the fact of issuing such passports is a precedent that violates the norms of international law and is very dangerous for the whole world.
"Russia continues its hybrid warfare. One of tools is the illegal issue of fake Russian passports to the residents of the occupied territories. The Government has decided to recognize such passports as invalid and illegitimate. We will call on international partners not to recognize these passports issued in violation of all norms and rules", the Prime Minister noted.
In turn, Chrystia Freeland fully supported this decision. "This is a directed aggression against Ukrainian democracy, part of the hybrid war against Ukraine. Canada has a staunchest stance on supporting the integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine. We do not forget about it and understand that today Ukraine is defending not only Ukrainian democracy, but democracy of the whole world", the Foreign Minister of Canada underscored.