17:51 10 Jun 2023

Canada officially joins "coalition of fighter jets"

Canada officially joins the "coalition of fighter jets,", particularly in training Ukrainian pilots and aircraft maintenance.

Ihor Zhovkva, deputy head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, announced this on Facebook.

"During the bilateral negotiations between the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, several important agreements for Ukraine were reached. Among the main ones, Canada officially joins the Coalition of Combat Jets, particularly in terms of training Ukrainian pilots and aircraft maintenance," Zhovkva emphasized.

He recalled that the Prime Minister of Canada announced an additional package of military aid to Ukraine of about $400 million, including artillery shells and missiles.

Canada increases sanctions pressure on the aggressor and introduces new sanctions against individuals and legal entities.

The deputy head of the Office of the President noted that following the meeting results, the two countries' leaders signed a Joint Declaration, which defines the priority areas of cooperation, and records Canada's support in fundamentally essential issues for Ukraine. The declaration outlines the range of assistance, mainly political, military, financial, and humanitarian, which Canada has already provided and plans to offer in the future to Ukraine.

The declaration records the Canadian side's support for Ukraine's acquisition of NATO membership as soon as conditions permit.

"This is the strongest wording among all the G7 countries that are NATO members," Zhovkva emphasized.

He noted that Canada also supports the creation of the Ukraine-NATO Council instead of the corresponding Commission, and this is the first such public support for the new mechanism of interaction between Ukraine and the Alliance.

"Only ten days have passed since the Summit of the European Political Community in Moldova, where we signed a Joint Declaration with Romania, and as of today, we already have formalized support for Ukraine's membership in the Alliance with 20 member states," Zhovkva said.

On June 2, Yermak stated that the "Fighter Coalition" already includes eight countries, and Ukraine is working on its expansion.

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