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Petro Poroshenko to be welcomed by Stephen Harper, Ukrainian Canadians

09/17/2014 09:47 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:55 EDT
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will be welcomed on Canada's Parliament Hill with military honours before meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and addressing Parliament, one day after Ukraine signed a historic agreement to deepen its ties to the European Union.

Poroshenko will arrive on the Hill at 11:20 a.m. ET for a welcoming ceremony and then meet with Harper at 11:40 a.m. ET. Poroshenko will make a rare address to the Canadian Parliament at 2 p.m. ET. CBCNews.ca will carry the events live.

Harper said in a news release announcing the visit that Canada’s help to Ukraine includes:

- Deploying some non-combat troops from the Canadian army, navy and air force to join allies in Eastern Europe.

- Millions of dollars towards various projects.

- Military equipment.

- Sanctions against more than 180 Russian and Ukrainian individuals and entities.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird announced additional sanctions against Russia on Tuesday, the day Poroshenko arrived in Ottawa.

Baird also announced that 300 Canadian election observers will be in Ukraine next month when Ukrainians head to the polls. Ukraine is holding a parliamentary election on Oct. 26, following Poroshenko's dissolution of the current assembly.

Harper met with Poroshenko last June after Poroshenko was sworn in as president. Both men attended the NATO Summit in Wales earlier this month.

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