Canada studying Ukraine's position on peacekeepers in Donbas - ambassador

Canada studying Ukraine's position on peacekeepers in Donbas - ambassador

The talks between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Toronto were very successful, Canadian Ambassador to Ukraine Roman Waschuk has told an Ukrinform reporter.

"We are definitely satisfied with the results of the talks between the heads of state. I think we got even a little more than we expected," Waschuk said.

He said that it was very interesting for Canada to better understand Ukraine's arguments regarding the possible deployment of UN peacekeepers to Donbas. 

"During the discussion, the question arose about how we can help Ukraine understand the role of UN peacekeepers and think ourselves how to contribute to this issue," the diplomat said.

He added that Canada had not yet developed its position on this issue and waited "until Ukraine expresses its vision." 

"Peacekeepers were among a major subject during the negotiations… Earlier we did not really think about it, but now we got an impulse to rethink it," the ambassador said.

According to him, Canada also sought "to confirm partnership and discuss practical steps to step up free trade."

As reported, Poroshenko and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met in Toronto this weekend to discuss a number of topical issues in bilateral cooperation.


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