Canada and Ukraine sign bilateral agreement for defence cooperation
The Government of Canada has signed an agreement to cooperate with Ukraine on issues such as defence policy and military education.
Under the terms of the bilateral arrangement, Canada and Ukraine will identify areas of mutual cooperation, such as defence research, development and production.
The agreement is part of the Canadian Government`s multifaceted support to maintain territorial integrity and sovereignty, security, and stability in Ukraine.
Canada Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said: “Today's signing of the defence cooperation arrangement shows Canada's steadfast commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. It strengthens the ties between our two nations and helps us continue to develop our rich, mutually beneficial relationships.
“Canada remains fully committed to providing assistance to Ukraine, helping to preserve and protect its sovereignty through Operation Unifier, and to supporting the implementation of key reforms.”
Furthermore, the Canadian Government has decided to renew Operation Unifier until the end of March 2019.
As part of the Operation Unifier mission, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will provide military training support to Ukrainian armed forces.
As of March 2017, the CAF Joint Task Force-Ukraine (JTF-U) has trained more than 3,200 Ukrainian soldiers.
Since January 2014, Canada has provided Ukraine with development, financial, humanitarian and non-lethal military assistance costing more than $700m.
Both countries currently work together in a range of international organisations, including the United Nations (UN), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and La Francophonie.