Representatives of the EU and Canada have expressed the need for full implementation of the Minsk agreements by all parties for a peaceful and lasting solution to the conflict in Donbas, and also confirmed the non-recognition of the annexation of the Crimea by Russia.

“We do not recognize and continue to condemn the annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, and remain firmly determined to promote the non-recognition policy,” reads a joint statement issued following the meeting of the EU-Canada Summit.

The EU and Canada agreed to continue close cooperation and coordination in taking the restrictive measures against the Russian Federation, which must be closely bound with the full implementation of the Minsk agreements and respect the sovereignty of Ukraine.

According to the statement, the parties promised the continued assistance to Ukraine in implementing its reforms.

The EU leaders and Canada also signed an agreement in Brussels on trade and economic cooperation of the EU and Canada (CETA).

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