Minister Champagne concludes successful visit to Latvia, Ukraine and Poland

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March 7, 2020 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, concluded his visit to Latvia, Ukraine and Poland yesterday where he emphasized Canada’s continued commitment to safeguarding regional security and defence.

While in Ukraine, Minister Champagne highlighted Canada’s continued commitment to the country’s ambitious reform efforts and engaging women in peace and security efforts.

The Minister also announced more than $2 million over three years to help strengthen the capacity of the National Police of Ukraine in planning, implementing, monitoring and reviewing reform processes.

The Minister also discussed the work that Canada is doing to stand up for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of Russian aggression.

During his visit, Minister Champagne visited Canadian troops deployed to NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group in Latvia as part of Canada’s Operation REASSURANCE. He also visited Canadian troops deployed on Operation UNIFIER at the International Peacekeeping and Security Centre in Yavoriv, Ukraine, where he was able to see first hand the important work our troops are doing in support of security in the region.

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“Throughout my meetings in Latvia, Ukraine and Poland, I had the opportunity to discuss the close ties between Canada and these three countries and to underline our close collaboration – particularly in support of regional security, trade and political cooperation  – which is essential to upholding the rules-based international order, and promoting peace and stability for all.”

- François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs

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