Ministers of Defense of Ukraine and Canada have identified priorities for bilateral defense cooperation

2020-02-13 15:00:00 | ID: 55705

February 13, as part of a working visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk held a bilateral meeting with Canadian Minister of National Defense Harjit Singh Sajjan.

The parties stressed the continuation of long-standing friendships and partnerships between the countries. Andriy Zagorodnyuk thanked his Canadian counterpart for comprehensive support for Ukraine in different areas, including for facilitation in multilateral QUINT format meetings with the heads of defense agencies of Great Britain, Canada, Poland, Lithuania and the United States, which took place yesterday.

During the dialogue, the Minister of Defense of Ukraine informed Harjit Singh Sajjan about the current situation in the East of Ukraine and the measures taken by the leadership of the state and the defense agency to ensure the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

- Defense reform and the further development of capabilities of the Armed Forces are the main tools for deterring Russian armed aggression. To this end, the Government has developed and continues to implement the Government's Action Program, which sets out five strategic goals for the Ministry, - said the Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

Andriy Zagorodnyuk and Harjit Singh Sajjan also discussed the current state of bilateral defense cooperation. In particular, during the period 2015-2020, within the framework of the activities of the Canadian military training mission in Ukraine, operation UNIFIER, more than 15000 Ukrainian servicemen and women were trained on the basis of four training centers in the territory of Ukraine. There are currently 195 Canadian instructors in Ukraine.

Within the framework of cooperation in the field of education and training, more than 800 service personnel and employees of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have successfully completed training in Canadian educational institutions. Today, six representatives of the Armed Forces are being trained in Canada.

Moreover, since 2015, the Canadian side has transferred to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine a mobile field hospital and four ambulances. Canadian doctors work on a voluntary basis at the Kyiv military hospital.

As a result of the meeting, Ministers identified perspective areas of bilateral defense cooperation, including: consultations on a political strategy regarding territorial integrity, political independence and security, cooperation within the framework of the operation UNIFIER, military-technical cooperation as well as continuation of advisory assistance.