Justin Trudeau takes surprise trip to Ukraine for G7 meeting

May 8 2022, 4:38 pm

Justin Trudeau made a previously unannounced trip to Ukraine this weekend.

On Sunday, May 8, the Prime Minister shared a tweet that he was in Ukraine for a G7 meeting. He is joined by Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly and Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland.

“As Russia continues its ongoing illegal and unjustifiable war against Ukraine, Canada will continue to be there to support Ukraine and its people,” said Trudeau in a release.

“I would like to thank President Zelenskyy for hosting this visit, but also more importantly, for his leadership. Together with Ukrainians, President Zelenskyy is defending the values at the very heart of democracies.”

According to the Prime Minister’s itinerary, at 6 pm local time in Kyiv, the Prime Minister participated in a G7 leaders’ meeting on the war in Ukraine.

A meeting with just Canadian and Ukrainian officials also took place, where Trudeau and Zelenskyy “discussed the historic partnership between their two countries, the situation in Ukraine, and the need for additional international support – including humanitarian, financial, and military assistance,” according to a release.

Also, they talked about imposing “severe and lasting sanctions on Russia in response to President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.”

After the meetings, Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would supply additional military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Canada also announced additional sanctions would be imposed against Russia, with Minister of Foreign Affairs Mélanie Joly tweeting out that they would bring in sanctions against Russian oligarchs and “enablers” of war.

For more information on the Canadian visit to Ukraine and details on the assistance promised, you can check out the full release from the Canadian Government.

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