Canada will continue to stand strong with Ukraine, with whatever it takes – Trudeau
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Joe Biden have assured that their countries will remain close to Ukraine as reliable partners
They made the announcement during a meeting in Canada on March 24, CNN reported.
“Ukraine can rely on the United States and Canada as partners,” Justin Trudeau said in an address to parliament in Ottawa alongside US President Joe Biden on Friday.
He added that Canada, like the United States, has provided significant military support to Ukraine, including artillery, ammunition, armor, and tanks. He recalled that the Canadian Armed Forces have been training the Ukrainian military since 2015.
“As you well know, Mr. President, Canada will continue to stand strong with Ukraine, with whatever it takes,” Trudeau said. “Together, both of us are partners that Ukraine — and the world — can count on.”
The Canadian prime minister mentioned sanctions and other economic measures imposed by the United States, Canada and other allies to continue to deplete the Kremlin's war chest.
Speaking in parliament after Trudeau, Biden said that Russian President Vladimir Putin had not achieved his goals with the invasion of Ukraine.
“His lust for land and power has failed thus far,” the US leader said of Putin. “The Ukrainian people's love of their country is going to prevail.”
Biden also repeated Trudeau's words that the United States and Canada support Ukraine.
“Let's once more affirm that we're going to keep that torch of liberty burning brightly and support the Ukrainian people,” Biden said.
The joint statement with Trudeau following the meeting also emphasized support for Ukraine and condemnation of Russia's aggression.
“We condemn Russia for its illegal, unjustified, and unprovoked war against Ukraine and will continue to impose economic sanctions on Russia, while maintaining our unwavering support for Ukraine for as long as necessary,” the statement says.
US President Joe Biden is on his first official visit to Canada since taking office in 2021. His two-day visit included an address to the House of Commons.