Pursuant to the instruction by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the Ukrainian delegation participating in the Halifax International Security Forum in Canada will inform the world community about the security situation in Ukraine and around our country.
The delegation, headed by Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Oleksiy Danilov, included: Deputy Head of the Presidential Office Roman Mashovets, Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine Volodymyr Taftay, Deputy Minister of Defense for European Integration Anatoliy Petrenko.
During the visit to Canada, starting from November 19, the Ukrainian delegation is holding a series of meetings with representatives of the political and military-political leadership, political elites and business structures of the country. Representatives of our state will also discuss the security situation in Ukraine and the world with a delegation of the United States Senate and heads of state bodies of the countries participating in the forum.
In addition to the security situation near the Ukrainian border, the parties discuss the development of Ukraine's cooperation with other countries in the field of security and defense and the issue of Ukrainian-Canadian cooperation in the development of the space industry.
Meetings with Canadian top officials, particularly Minister of National Defence Anita Anand and Canadian Space Agency President Lisa Campbell, are also scheduled, as the space industry is given special attention.
On November 19, a presentation and a solemn ceremony of the beginning of the construction of the space launch site took place. It was attended by Head of the State Space Agency of Ukraine Volodymyr Taftay, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada Sean Fraser, President of the Canadian Space Agency Lisa Campbell, Minister of Economic Development of the Province of Nova Scotia Susan Corkum-Greek and others.
The project envisages the creation of a commercial spaceport for the Cyclone-4M carrier rocket on the Atlantic coast, in the province of Nova Scotia, developed and manufactured by the Ukrainian state-owned enterprises KB Pivdenne and Production Union Pivdennyi Machine-Building Plant. The project will be implemented by the Canadian company Maritime Launch Services Ltd (MLS).
The Ukrainian delegation is grateful to Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Canada to Ukraine Larisa Galadza for assistance in organizing the visit.