June 1, 2015 – Ottawa
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) welcomes today’s announcement that the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, will visit Ukraine on June 6, in advance of the G-7 Summit being held in Schloss Elmau, Germany, on June 7-8.
Prime Minister Harper stated, “Canada continues to stand with the Ukrainian people against Russian aggression. We will continue to support the country as it takes the necessary steps towards freedom, security and prosperity. I look forward to receiving a personal update on the situation in Ukraine from President Poroshenko and Prime Minister Yatsenyuk prior to attending the G-7 Summit.” This is the third visit of Prime Minister Harper to Ukraine since January 2014.
“I am pleased to take part in this historic delegation with Prime Minister Harper one year after accompanying the Prime Minister to President Poroshenko’s inauguration. The Ukrainian Canadian community applauds Prime Minister Harper’s visit to Kyiv. His visit will underline Canada’s unwavering support for the people of Ukraine,” stated Paul Grod, National President of the UCC. “It is particularly timely that the Prime Minister’s visit comes on the eve of the G-7 Summit, at which he will be able to provide a first-hand account to the leaders of the seven most powerful countries in the free world of Russia’s continuing war against Ukraine.”
Prime Minister Harper’s press release may be found at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2015/06/01/pm-attend-g-7-summit-germany-and-travel-ukraine-poland-vatican-city-and-rome