President of Ukraine

Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Justin Trudeau discussed visa facilitation between Canada and Ukraine

15 June 2020 - 18:48

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy had a phone conversation with Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau.

Head of the Canadian government conveyed words of support to Olena Zelenska who was infected with COVID-19, just as Sophie Trudeau previously. The parties discussed measures of both countries to combat coronavirus and the possibility of cooperation to overcome the pandemic.

"We are grateful for Canada's humanitarian assistance to combat the disease in Ukraine through the UN Humanitarian Fund in the amount of 500,000 Canadian dollars," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.

The President expressed hope for progress in the process of gradual visa liberalization by Canada for the citizens of Ukraine and offered to accelerate the relevant bilateral work at the governmental level.

"We should already outline the time frame for the start of the bilateral visa dialogue. We can start visa facilitation for certain categories of citizens, such as young people and students, as we discussed in Toronto last year. We expect a group of Canadian experts to arrive in Ukraine to monitor Ukraine's compliance with Canada's visa criteria," the Ukrainian President suggested.

In response, Justin Trudeau said that, despite the difficult situation, it is now possible to review the visa regime for its liberalization, and this needs to be worked on.

Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked Justin Trudeau for a consistent support of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.