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Canada to ease visa requirements for Ukrainians

Christian Fernsby |
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky announced his country and Canada would sign an agreement on simplifying visa requirements for educational and business purposes, said the press service of the Ukrainian president.

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Zelensky made this announcement during the press briefing after meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Toronto on Tuesday.

Zelensky said the agreement would be signed in coming months and would simplify procedures to obtain a visa for study and business purposes for up to one year.

"I would really like the Ukrainian youth to get knowledge and experience here," Zelensky said.

The Ukrainian president also said that the Canadian side had proposed including Ukraine in the Trusted Travelers Programs, bringing the European country closer to a future visa-free regime with Canada.

The other important outcome of the meeting was the extension of the free trade agreement between Ukraine and Canada, which would create additional opportunities for entrepreneurs in IT and other industries, according to Zelensky.

The Ukrainian president is currently on his first official visit to Canada.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have reached a number of agreements regarding defense cooperation during their meeting in Toronto, said the press service of the Ukrainian president.

"I think we can frankly say it: we have agreed on the supply of armored vehicles and the development of cooperation in this area," said Zelensky during the press conference after the meeting.

Trudeau confirmed the intention to support Ukraine in the defense sphere, adding that they also added Ukraine to the list for the purchase of Canadian weapons.

In January, Ukraine's Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko said that Ukraine expects to receive long-range sniper rifles from Canada this year.

In December 2017, Canada added Ukraine to its automatic firearms country control list, thus allowing weapons exporter.

Ukrainian and Canadian leaders met in Toronto on Tuesday during Zelensky's first visit to North America where he will take part in the third Ukraine Reform Conference.

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