Remarks by Vice President Harris and Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada before the bilateral meeting

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MARCH 10, 2022

Marriott Hotel Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland

VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS: Mr. Prime Minister, it’s good to see you. And as part of the strong, enduring, enduring and deep friendship between the United States and Canada, we find ourselves by coincidence, or perhaps fate, being here in Warsaw at the same time, with the same goal , which is to continually reaffirm the strength of the NATO Alliance and the commitment of our two countries, in this respect, to Ukraine — the Ukrainian people — and, since we are here in Warsaw, also to the Polish people.

And so, it’s good to see you. We have a lot to discuss — in particular, what we can continue to do together to strengthen our assistance in terms of security assistance, humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people, what we can continue to do to coordinate and collaborate within the NATO Alliance and with our EU partners regarding the current needs and the dynamic nature of what is presented to us in this crisis.

I know that we stand together in our outrage at this war and the aggression that Russia has carried out against Ukraine, without provocation, without justification. And we, of course, value Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and look forward to continuing our partnership in this regard.

So thanks.

PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU: Thank you very much, Madam Vice President. It is a real pleasure to see you again and to see us once again so firmly, side by side, on issues that matter so deeply.

You, yourself and the Biden administration, and President Biden in particular, have been so strong on this issue, coordinating like-minded countries over the past week to prepare for this possibility of the unthinkable – Russia invades Ukraine. And so when that happened, the kind of alignment, the kind of unity strength that we showed, I think, really made a difference.

First of all, Vladimir Putin totally underestimated the strength and determination of the Ukrainian people. But he also underestimated the strength and determination of democracies to rise up in support of Ukraine, but in support of those values ​​and principles that underpin everything we do.

So, from crippling sanctions on Putin and his key supporters, to unprecedented humanitarian aid, to security and military support for Ukrainians who are fighting not just for Ukraine but for all of us, we let’s keep sticking together and we’ll keep .

We also have many other things to discuss. But obviously the priority that brings us both to Warsaw is our standing with the Ukrainians and all Eastern Europeans as we strengthen NATO’s eastern flank and continue to do the work that matters in the world. .

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