On April 3, 2017, Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan met with Ukrainian Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak to sign the Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement.
The bilateral arrangement identifies such areas of mutual cooperation between Canada and Ukraine as defence policy; defence research, development, and production; and military education. The Department of National Defence considers Canada-Ukraine Defence Cooperation Arrangement a key part of the Canadian Government’s multifaceted support for Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty, security, and stability. The arrangement is a framework document for Canada-Ukraine cooperation on important defence-related issues.
In the coming days, Defence Minister Poltorak was expected to meet Canadian Members of Parliament and Senators, and tour Canadian Armed Forces facilities such as Canadian Forces Base Petawawa.
During the signing, Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said, “Today’s signing of the Defence Cooperation Arrangement shows Canada’s steadfast commitment to Ukraine and the Ukrainian people. It strengthens the ties between our two nations and helps us continue to develop our rich, mutually beneficial relationships. Canada remains fully committed to providing assistance to Ukraine, helping to preserve and protect its sovereignty through Operation UNIFIER, and to supporting the implementation of key reforms.” Minister Stepan Poltorak called the Canadian military assistance to Ukraine “decisive” for Ukraine’s ability to gain time to create strong armed forces able to protect the country from the Russian aggression.