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Italy, Canada signal bilateral safety agreements with Ukraine – Euractiv

Leaders from Canada and Italy signed safety agreements with Ukraine on Saturday (24 February) after talks with Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy as Kyiv marked the second anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion.

The UK, FranceGermany and Denmark already signed related offers as a part of a wider Western effort to assist the nation fight Russia’s aggression.

The long-term safety offers with Kyiv are meant to shore up Ukraine’s navy capacities till it may attain its intention of changing into a member of the Western navy alliance, NATO.

“We proceed to help Ukraine in what I’ve at all times believed is its folks’s good to defend themselves,” Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni advised reporters in Kyiv.

“This additionally essentially means navy help, as a result of to confuse the a lot bandied-about phrase ‘peace’ with ‘give up’, as some do, is a hypocritical method that we are going to by no means share,” she stated.

Meloni confirmed the bilateral safety assure signed between Italy and Ukraine “will final 10 years and is essentially the most full and vital one signed with a non-NATO nation”.

Meloni gave no monetary particulars in regards to the Italian deal.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Ottawa’s help for Kyiv remained “unwavering” two years after Russia launched its full-scale invasion.

“In the present day, standing shoulder to shoulder with our allies and companions, Canada dedicated to additional help, together with navy and humanitarian help, for Ukraine,” he stated.

Trudeau’s workplace stated Canada would offer greater than 3 billion Canadian {dollars} in macro-financial and defence support to Ukraine in 2024.

[Edited by Nathalie Weatherald]

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