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Canada prime minister to visit Ukraine

March 20, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada’s prime minister is headed to Ukraine as the first leader among the Group of Seven nations to visit the eastern European nation since pro-Western demonstrators drove out its government last month.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet new Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Saturday.

The trip comes a few days before G-7 nations hold an emergency meeting on the sidelines of a nuclear security summit.

Russia in recent days has moved military forces into the Crimean Peninsula, backed a referendum in which the Crimean people overwhelmingly voted to join Russia and annexed the strategically important region.

The G-7 includes the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, France, Italy and Canada.

Canada is home to more than 1 million people of Ukrainian descent.

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