New Ukraine president, and former actor, to meet Trudeau in Toronto
|CTVnews 25 Jun 2019 at 10:53|
OTTAWA - Ukraine s new president will visit Toronto next week for a major international conference on his country s future that Canada is hosting, and where he will meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Trudeau s office says he and Volodymyr Zelenskiy will discuss Ukraine s reform efforts and its path toward integration with Europe.
Zelenskiy, a popular actor and comedian but a political neophyte, ran away with this spring s presidential election, unseating Petro Poroshenko.
He is now tasked with guiding his country through its ongoing conflict with Russia, which annexed Ukraine s Crimea region in 2014 and fomented a pro-Kremlin insurgency in the country s east that has left more than 13,000 dead.
The Ukraine Reform Conference is a three-day gathering that begins Tuesday in Toronto, which the government says will include key international friends and partners to support Ukraine.
Trudeau says in a statement that he wants to use the meeting with Zelenskiy to reaffirm Canada s deep commitment to the Ukrainian people.