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Canada, Ukraine sign defence cooperation agreement

7th April 2017 - 03:04 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Canadian government has signed a defence cooperation agreement with the government of Ukraine, it was announced on 3 April.

This bilateral agreement will identify areas of mutual cooperation including defence policy, defence research, development and production, and military education.

The agreement is a key part of the Canadian government's multifaceted support for Ukrainian territorial integrity and sovereignty, security, and stability. Canada has provided a broad range of assistance to Ukraine since January 2014, including training more than 3,200 member of the Ukrainian armed forces.

Harjit Sajjan, Canadian Defence Minister, 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.'

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