Ukraine: Joly visits Europe for a meeting on the Russo-Ukrainian war

OTTAWA — Canada’s foreign minister is traveling to Europe for a meeting to discuss the response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Melanie Joly announced Saturday that she will be visiting Finland, Germany and Belgium.

Joly will meet her Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto in Helsinki, where she said they would work to strengthen Canada-Finland bilateral relations.

The two will also discuss ways to coordinate efforts on the Arctic issue and to better support Ukraine.

While in Berlin, German Joly will attend the Moldova Support Platform conference where discussions will focus on aid to Ukrainian refugees forced into the country as a result of the Russian invasion.

In Brussels, Belgian ministers will attend a meeting of the G7 foreign ministers and NATO, where discussions will examine continued coordination to enhance regional security in Eastern Europe.

“The war in Ukraine affects all of us, and we must work together with the international community to respond to Vladimir Putin’s horrific actions,” Joly said in a news release. “Ukraine’s security is not only important for Ukraine, but also for the world.”

On March 8, Canada announced the renewal of its multi-year commitment to Operation Reassurance, the Canadian Armed Forces’ support for NATO assurance and deterrence measures in Central and Eastern Europe.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on April 2, 2022.

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