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Canada PM to visit Ukraine

June 3, 2014

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canada’s prime minister will travel to Ukraine on Saturday to attend the swearing-in of the country’s new president.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he will attend the swearing-in of Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko to show Canada’s support of Ukraine quest for prosperity and stability.

Harper criticized says Ukrainians deserve a government that can defend it from outside threats.

The prime minister has labelled Russian President Vladimir Putin a threat to world peace after Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula, and for instigating the continuing unrest in eastern Ukraine.

Harper is on the first leg of a European tour that includes the 70th anniversary ceremonies of the Normandy invasion in France.

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

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