Welcoming Stephen Harper in Kyiv, Viktor Yanukovych thanked him for accepting the invitation to visit Ukraine. "We now have the opportunity to discuss many issues," said Viktor Yanukovych.
"Ukraine and Canada have stable and friendly relations and we should continue them," he said.
From his part, the Canadian Prime Minister noted that Ukraine is the homeland of more than 1 million Canadians of Ukrainian descent. "Canada has always been very proud of its relations with Ukraine, particularly after your country gained independence," Stephen Harper said, reminding that Canada was the first of the Western countries to recognize the independence of Ukraine.
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