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Stephen Harper travelling to Ukraine next week

03/14/2014 04:41 EDT | Updated 05/14/2014 05:59 EDT
Stephen Harper will be travelling to the capital of Ukraine next week to meet with the interim government and discuss the ongoing political crisis with Russia, the prime minister's office announced on Friday.

“Canada remains united with its allies in recognizing the government of Ukraine, and in supporting Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty," Harper said in a statement. "We will continue to work with our allies to support efforts to restore the country to stability and unity so that the people of Ukraine can thrive and prosper free of intimidation and threat."

Harper will meet with Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in Kyiv on March 22 and discuss how Canada, along with its allies, continue to provide support, the statement said.

From there, the prime minister will attend the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, from March 24-25.

News of Harper's trip comes a day after Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced Canada will provide Ukraine with $220 million in an international effort to restore economic stability to the country.

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