The terms need to be worked out but Canada is giving Ukraine a $120-million loan to help with the country’s ”economic resilience and governance reforms.”
In making the announcement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it was one of the top requests Ukrainian officials made earlier this week when Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly visited Kyiv.
The federal government has yet to say if Canada will provide weapons to Ukraine, extend this country’s military training mission beyond the end of March expiry date or impose more sanctions on Russia.
Trudeau only says he’s exploring options for financial and ”other” support.
The prime minister refuses to clearly state that Canadian troops would not be drawn into any fighting between Ukraine and Canada.
”I’m not going to engage in hypotheticals,” says Trudeau.
”Canada has been and will continue to be a friend and ally of Ukraine, and we will continue to be there to support them and ensure that the Ukrainian people get to determine their future – not Vladimir Putin.”