Deputy Head of the Office of the President Roman Mashovets met with Ambassador of Canada to Ukraine Larisa Galadza to discuss the security situation around our country and ways to further develop Ukrainian-Canadian cooperation in the field of security and defense.
Roman Mashovets informed about the violation by the Russian side of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the presence of additional Russian troops along the Ukrainian border, the intensification of intelligence activity on the part of the Russian Federation. He noted that after the spring gathering of troops and the holding of the West-2021 Russian-Belarusian strategic exercise, Russia left military equipment near Ukraine, creating opportunities for rapid increase of its forces there.
The Deputy Head of the Office of the President thanked the Canadian side for its continued support in countering Russian aggression and strengthening Ukraine's defense capabilities.
The interlocutors discussed ways and practical steps in further development of bilateral cooperation on reforming the Ukrainian defense forces, improving personnel policy in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, implementing joint space projects, as well as on Canada’s provision of advisory and logistical assistance to our country.
For his part, the Ambassador of Canada drew attention to the need to jointly work on the continuation of the UNIFIER military training mission in Ukraine, consolidation and coordination of efforts with other NATO partners to provide assistance to our country, as well as greater involvement of Ukrainian representatives in international security activities held in Canada.