12:46 30.08.2018

Aggravation of relations between Canada and U.S. is threat to Ukraine - Ambassador Shevchenko

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Aggravation of relations between Canada and U.S. is threat to Ukraine - Ambassador Shevchenko

The aggravation of relations between the United States and Canada amid talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement might threaten Ukraine's interests by weakening the unity among the key partners in the anti-Russian coalition, Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko has said.

"It is very important for Ukraine that understanding should be among our strategic partners. Therefore, the aggravation of relations between Canada and the United States or even a trade war is a threat to Ukraine," he said in an exclusive interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

According to Shevchenko, tension between the U.S. and Canada weaken the unity between Ukraine's key partners in the anti-Russian coalition.

"I think that it is a dream [of Russian President Vladimir] Putin to see our key NATO partners that will bicker. The more Canada and America will deal with the trade war with each other, the less time and energy they will have to solve the problem related to the Russian Federation," the ambassador said.

The diplomat also expressed the opinion that Canada and the United States will be able to agree on comfortable terms of trade.

"This is too important for the two countries," Shevchenko summed up.

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