Stephen Harper travelling to Ukraine next week
Stephen Harper will be travelling to Ukraine's capital next week to meet with the interim government and discuss the ongoing political crisis with Russia, the prime minister's office announced on Friday.
“Canada remains united with its allies in recognizing the government of Ukraine, and in supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty," Harper said in a statement. "We will continue to work with our allies to support efforts to restore the country to stability and unity so that the people of Ukraine can thrive and prosper free of intimidation and threat."
Harper will meet with Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine's interim prime minister, in Kyiv on March 22 to discuss how Canada and its allies can continue to provide support, the statement said.
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"This trip is significant because at this time Ukranian people need support of the entire international community," Baird said at a news conference on Friday.
He said it "sends an important signal that we will stand with the people of Ukraine."
After his visit to Ukraine, Harper will attend the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, from March 24-25.
News of Harper's trip comes a day after Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Canada will provide Ukraine with $220 million in an international effort to restore economic stability to the country.