Deputy Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine Ihor Zhovkva held an online meeting with Foreign and Defence Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Canada David Morrison.
Ihor Zhovkva told his interlocutor about the recent aggravation of the security situation in Donbas, as well as about the threats related to the buildup of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border. He expressed gratitude for Canada's strong diplomatic support, which, combined with the efforts of other partners, helped stop the dangerous military escalation around Ukraine.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President noted the importance of a telephone conversation between President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, which took place in early April.
Ihor Zhovkva also informed the Canadian side about the course of negotiations in the Minsk and Normandy formats on a peaceful settlement in Donbas.
The interlocutors discussed the issues of further deepening Ukraine's relations with NATO, in particular the Euro-Atlantic aspirations of our country and the prospects of obtaining a NATO Membership Action Plan by Ukraine.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President spoke about the continuation of reforms aimed at bringing Ukraine closer to NATO standards in various areas. He noted the important practical assistance in this from Canada, which hosted the Conference on Reforms in Ukraine in Toronto in July 2019.
Ihor Zhovkva also thanked for Canada's consistent political support, in particular within the G7. David Morrison assured that the issue of support for Ukraine will be included in the agenda of the forthcoming G7 Summit in Great Britain.
During the online meeting, the modalities of the Canadian side's participation in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform in Kyiv on August 23 this year were discussed, as well as practical aspects of its future activities.
In addition, the interlocutors exchanged information on the situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic in the two countries and discussed the possibility of supplying additional vaccines to Ukraine in the future.