Canada's Harper to travel to Ukraine

14th March 2014, Comments 0 comments

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Friday he will travel to Ukraine next week to meet with interim government officials.

The visit would make Harper the first G7 leader to visit Ukraine during the current crisis in Crimea.

"Canada remains united with its allies in recognizing the gov't of #Ukraine, and in supporting Ukraine's territorial sovereignty. #cdnpoli," Harper said on Twitter.

Harper's office said he will be in Kiev on March 22 to meet with Ukrainian interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Canada has 1.2 million citizens who trace their ancestry to Ukraine.

This week, Ottawa pledged Can$220 million (US$200 million) to help Ukraine build up its economy, as well as bolster its government and central bank.

© 2014 AFP

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