Zelensky, Trudeau Approve Joint Declaration

(MENAFN- UkrinForm) Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau adopted a joint declaration at a bilateral meeting in Kyiv on Saturday.

That's according to the press service of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Ukrinform reports.

The President of Ukraine and the Prime Minister of Canada reiterated their unequivocal condemnation of Russia's ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine. Ukraine has shown remarkable determination in exercising its inherent right to self-defense against this unprovoked and unjustified invasion. They said that Russia must immediately, completely and unconditionally withdraw all its military forces from the territory of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders.

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Canada remains unwavering in its commitment to Ukraine's independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and commends the determination and courage of the Ukrainian people and armed forces in defense of their independence.

At the same time, the people of Ukraine can count on Canada to continue its political, financial, humanitarian and military support for as long as it takes – individually and through international cooperation within the G7, NATO, the United Nations and any other forum where Canada can bring its weight to bear.

The document says that since February 2022, Canada has committed over $8 billion in wide-ranging assistance to Ukraine. Canada is providing unprecedented military support, including tanks, air-defense systems and artillery, and continues to develop new assistance measures based on Ukraine's needs.

In addition, Canada has provided Ukraine with civilian assistance, including financial, humanitarian and emergency support ranging from economic assistance to contributions to demining efforts to save civilian lives. In several areas, Canada has led the way, such as by issuing the world's first Ukraine Sovereignty Bonds.

Canada also supports Ukraine's initiative for a just and sustainable peace based on Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity, and commends the key principles of the Ukrainian Peace Formula. Canada is providing significant contributions under several points identified in the Formula, including nuclear safety, food security, accountability and ecological safety. Looking forward, Canada will continue to focus its support on Ukraine's greatest needs, with a particular focus on those outlined in the Formula. Canada stands ready to cooperate with Ukraine and with others to ensure as wide an international participation as possible in pursuing the Peace Formula's objectives, including through an upcoming Global Peace Summit and any other appropriate diplomatic initiatives.

Ukraine and Canada recognize that Russia's war has had significant and wide-ranging consequences outside Ukraine, including worsened global energy and food crises. These effects have been felt most acutely by the most vulnerable. Ukraine and Canada commit to continuing to work to alleviate these consequences, including through engagement with partners in the Global South. The two countries also reiterate the crucial role of the Black Sea Grain Initiative in helping to relieve global hunger, and the need to ensure its continued and unhindered operation.

Ukraine and Canada are united in their determination to fight against impunity, and underline their firm commitment to bringing to justice those responsible for war crimes and other atrocity crimes committed in Russia's war of aggression.

Ukraine and Canada also reiterate their support for the investigations of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, which are a step toward accountability, and have taken note of the court's arrest warrants. Canada was among the countries that first referred Russia's actions in Ukraine to the Court in March 2022, and has sent a team of investigators to support its important work.

Ukraine and Canada agree on the need to increase our collective pressure on Russia through further sanctions to weaken Russia's ability to continue its illegal war of aggression.

Ukraine and Canada will continue to work together with others to develop mechanisms to provide compensation for losses, injuries and damages caused by the Russian aggression. Canada was the first country to launch a process to seize and pursue the forfeiture of assets belonging to sanctioned individuals or organizations, with a view to ultimately using the proceeds to support the reconstruction of Ukraine and compensate the victims of Russia's illegal and unjustifiable invasion. Canada also joined the Council of Europe's Register of Damage Caused by the Aggression of the Russian Federation Against Ukraine as a founding associate member on May 17, 2023.

Canada, together with international organizations and international partners, is committed to participate in the recovery and reconstruction of Ukraine.

Canada fully supports the NATO-Ukraine Council as a venue to further increase and expand ongoing cooperation to help fulfil Ukraine's path towards the Euro-Atlantic family, consistent with the Bucharest Declaration, and supports Ukraine to become a NATO member as soon as conditions allow for it.



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