Ukraine first invited to G7 meeting of foreign ministers
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin was invited for the first time to attend at the meeting of G7 top diplomats that will launch in Toronto April 22, according to Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko.
The diplomat says that for the first time in its history, Ukraine will attend a full-fledged, scheduled event of the G7 member states, Europeiska Pravda reports.
The Ambassador confirmed that Pavlo Klimkin had received an invitation to meet with his colleague, Canadian Minister Chrystia Freeland.
"The time has come for serious, strategic decisions on Ukraine and Russia," Shevchenko said.
"We are glad that Ukraine will be able to join the difficult, but critically needed discussion, and we look forward to making a valuable contribution to future joint decisions."
Read alsoCanada to allocate $4.65 mln to support training of Ukrainian troopsShevchenko says that Ukraine is grateful to Canada, the state chairing the G7, for the initiative.
"We see in the invitation the common will of all our friends within G7," the diplomat added.
Ukraine hopes that the discussion will continue at the upcoming summit of G7 leaders to be held in Canada's Charlevoix in June, according to Shevchenko.
Earlier, a Lithuanian MP and one of the authors of the so-called "Marshall Plan for Ukraine" Andrius Kubilius said that he was expecting that the plan would be discussed at the G7 summit in Canada this June.