The liberalization of the visa regime with Canada would be for Ukraine an important step in strengthening relations between the two countries.
This was stated by President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky in an interview with canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, reports presssluzhba head of state.
“Our people should feel equally free to just openly – Canadians in Ukraine and Ukrainians in Canada. So we are talking about liberalization. It seems to me that Justin (the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau – ed.) supports this direction, and already want step by step to achieve this moment,” said Zelensky.
He stressed in an interview that the economic relations between Ukraine and Canada are developing real steps, not words. In particular, this concerns the solution of the problems of the canadian company Black Iron, who wanted to invest in mining and processing plant in Krivoy Rog.
“I know it very well, because he from Krivoi Rog and investment in my hometown. This problem “stuck” for 10 years, but it is such a large investor. The size of the investment is 1.1 billion US dollars. They could not come to Ukraine”, – said the President.
According to Zelensky, now this issue is almost solved.
“It will be very great cooperation. After all, it’s more than a billion investment in Ukraine, it is very important for Canada, for the company Black Iron, and it is important for us,” said Zelensky.
He also noted that Ukraine and Canada are United by a great tragedy – the crash of the aircraft of the airline “Ukraine International airlines” in Tehran, which occurred in January 2020.
“Combine different things in life. Unfortunately, tragedy. Then we worked together with Justin (Trudeau, ed.), we had a lot of communication and we were able together with our American partners put the squeeze to Iran admitted that they are guilty in this tragedy, and now there is an investigation. Then we with the Prime Minister (Canada – ed.) spoke several times, was such a moment that it was several times a week, and decide the really important issues,” – said the head of state.
Zelensky said that Ukrainians and Canadians have a long historical relationship. He thanked the representatives of the Diaspora in Canada, which collected humanitarian aid to Ukraine in the beginning of the war in 2014.
“I think that in these difficult times, and there is this intimacy which is at the genetic level between countries and people,” the President said.