The Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reiterated Monday, Canada’s support to Ukraine in the conflict with Russia, but did not specify whether it will continue to provide troops to train Ukrainian forces.
At a joint press conference in Kiev, where a free trade agreement was signed by the two countries, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, revealed that he had asked Canada to extend the stay of its 200 instructors military in Ukraine after March 2017, when the current mission near Lviv in the west of the country, must end.
Asked about this, Mr. Trudeau said Canada would work with its allies to support Ukraine.
Furthermore, the two leaders were quick to denounce the attitude of the Kremlin, accusing him of violating the peace agreement to end the fighting in eastern Ukraine.
Some European allies have shown impatience, accusing the Ukrainian government not doing enough to meet its commitments under the agreement with the rebels and Russia, and threatening not to renew their sanctions against Moscow.
Russia seized the Crimea there two years ago and has supported the rebels in the east.
Justin Trudeau assured that Canada would encourage its allies to support Ukraine.
“We will stay alongside our NATO partners and we will encourage, as you have seen, to continue to provide steady support to Ukraine, he said. Not only because Ukraine is a good friend of Canada, but also because of the values and principles that we stand for as a country. ”
The free trade agreement is not the largest that Canada and Ukraine have signed but it has some political importance given the Ukrainian government’s efforts to escape the influence of Russia.
The Ukrainian authorities hope that it will generate an influx of Canadian investment in the local economy, which through a difficult period.
Earlier in the day, Justin Trudeau paid tribute to the victims of atrocities in Ukraine.
Accompanied by his son Xavier Trudeau was collected and deposited a wreath at the monument Babi Yar in Kiev, erected in memory of the tens of thousands of Ukrainians killed by the Nazis during the Second World War.
Then, the Prime Minister visited the tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the monument to the Holodomor, built in memory of the many victims of the great famine of the 1930s that Ukrainians blame the Soviets.
Later Monday, a visit is planned to the Independence Square, where the 2014 events contributed to the removal of President pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych. More than 100 people lost their lives in clashes between demonstrators and police.