Canada Welcomes New Government of Ukraine

February 27, 2014 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement:

“Canada welcomes the appointment of a new government today in Ukraine. After the trauma of the past three months and the loss of so many lives, the appointment of a legitimate government is a vital step forward in restoring democracy and normalcy to Ukraine.

“The new government of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk offers a fresh start. We, along with the international community, expect that Ukraine’s sovereignty will be respected and its territorial integrity maintained.

“We look forward to the next steps in Ukraine’s regeneration. Meaningful economic reform must be supported by the international community, including through key international financial institutions. Elections in May will consolidate the restoration of democracy.

“We are confident that Ukraine’s new leaders know that to succeed, they must stay united, focus on governance, root out corruption and strive for inclusive national policies.

“Canada is proud to stand beside the Ukrainian people in support of their move toward a more democratic government. We will continue to offer Ukrainians every assistance as they continue on the path toward security, democracy and prosperity within Europe.”

- 30 -

For further information, media representatives may contact:

Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
Follow us on Twitter: @DFATDCanada