06/09/2015 06:26 EDT | Updated 06/09/2016 01:12 EDT

Stephen Harper begins Poland visit in Warsaw as European trip continues

WARSAW, Poland - Prime Minister Stephen Harper is kicking off the next leg of his European travel today in Warsaw, Poland.Harper is to take part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He then has meetings planned with Polish Prime Minister Eva Kopacz and President Bronislaw Komorowski.Poland is a major European ally of Canada, which deployed 50 troops here on NATO training exercises last year.Harper arrived from the G7 summit in Germany where the continuing unrest between Ukraine and Russia was a hot topic.Harper enjoys strong relations with Poland, after forging a bond with Kopacz's predecessor Donald Tusk, who became European Council president last year.The Polish diaspora in Canada is estimated to be about one million.

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