10:39 09 Jun 2021

Zelenskyi had a telephone conversation with Trudeau: what they were talking about

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President Volodymyr Zelenskyi discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine, the issue of pressure on Russia, and coordinated positions on investigating the downing of a Ukrainian PS752 flight in Iran with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The head of state wrote about this on Twitter, Rubryka reports.

"I had a productive conversation with Justin Trudeau. We discussed the situation in Donbas and maintaining pressure on Russia to achieve peace. I'm grateful to Canada for supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and Euro-Atlantic aspirations. We coordinated positions on the investigation of the crash of flight PS752," Zelenskyi said.

The press service of the Office of the President noted that during a telephone conversation Zelenskyi and Trudeau coordinated positions on key issues on the agenda ahead of the forthcoming summits of the Group of Seven and NATO.

The President informed about the security situation in the east and near the borders of Ukraine. He stressed that so far only part of the Russian troops and heavy weapons have been withdrawn from the temporarily occupied territories and the Ukrainian borders.

"Russia has hardly withdrawn. Of the 105,000 Russian troops, only 11,000 have retreated," Zelenskyi said.

The President noted the importance of maintaining international pressure on Russia to achieve actual progress in a peaceful settlement.

In turn, according to the OP, Trudeau reaffirmed Canada's "unwavering support" for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and solidarity in countering Russia's prolonged aggression.

"We remain great friends. We'll continue to support Ukraine," he said.

The parties also discussed practical cooperation to support Ukraine's efforts towards NATO membership.

Particular attention was paid to strengthening the coordination of efforts between Ukraine and Canada in the case of the downing of the PS752 flight by Iran and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

The parties also touched on plans for further political dialogue at the highest level. Zelenskyi confirmed Trudeau's invitation to visit Ukraine to participate in the inaugural summit of the Crimean Platform in Kyiv and events marking the 30th anniversary of Ukraine's independence.

As reported, on January 8, 2020, a plane of Ukraine International Airlines, which was operating flight PS752 on the route Tehran – Kyiv, was shot down in Iran. Citizens of six countries were on board: Iran, Canada, Ukraine, Sweden, Afghanistan, and the United Kingdom. All 176 people died.

On January 11, after several days of objections, the Iranian authorities acknowledged that the Ukrainian plane had been mistakenly shot down by an anti-aircraft missile system.

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