Minister Joly to travel to Germany and France
February 16, 2022 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada
Canada has played a significant role in the creation and the upholding of the rules-based international order. When these rules are challenged, Canada must stand up and work with its allies to prevent their deterioration. Russia’s aggression and destabilizing activities in and around Ukraine are deeply concerning and Canada will continue to engage with partners and allies to pursue a diplomatic resolution to the ongoing crisis.
The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will travel to Germany and France to reiterate Canada’s support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity with international partners.
In Germany, the Minister will attend the Munich Security Conference, the world’s largest conference on security. There, she will reinforce Canada’s key foreign policy priorities, including our unwavering support to NATO and Ukraine. She will meet with Canada’s partners and allies to discuss efforts to resolve the current crisis in Ukraine diplomatically and the swift, severe consequences Russia will face should the Russian military further invade Ukraine. She will also meet with counterparts to discuss pressing global issues, including the protection of democracy against the rise of authoritarianism and transatlantic cooperation on security and defence issues.
In France, the Minister will meet with French Foreign Minister Le Drian, to discuss their work to ensure the stability and security of Ukraine. She will also attend an EU-sponsored forum on cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. The forum will provide an opportunity to deepen our engagement with the European Union and regional stakeholders and to promote effective cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.
The Minister will depart Canada on Thursday, February 17, and return on Tuesday, February 22. All COVID-19-related public health rules and guidelines will be followed before, during and after the Minister’s trip.
“International collaboration is a cornerstone of Canada’s foreign policy. By working with our allies to address the challenges in Eastern Europe, we make clear our intention to uphold the security and human rights across the globe.”
- Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Since Russia’s attempted annexation and illegal occupation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 440 individuals and entities, many in coordination with our allies.
On January 26, 2022, Canada extended Operation UNIFIER until March 2025. UNIFIER is the Canadian Armed Forces’ military training and mentorship mission to Ukraine’s security forces.
Canada also announced $50 million for development and humanitarian assistance.
On February 14, 2022, Canada announced additional contributions to support Ukraine’s security and economic resiliency:
- An offer of a loan of up to $500 million to the Government of Ukraine through the Bretton Woods and Related Agreements Act (BWRAA). This is in addition to Canada's offer for a loan up to $120 million, announced on January 21, 2022.
- A donation of over $7 million of lethal weapons and assorted support items to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This equipment includes machine guns, pistols, carbines, 1.5 million rounds of ammunition, sniper rifles, and various related equipment.
The Munich Security Conference is one of the world’s largest gatherings of its kind and is recognized as an important independent forum for the exchange of ideas on international security policy.
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
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