Why the foreign Minister of Canada has canceled a visit to Ukraine

Почему глава МИД Канады отменила визит в Украину

The United States proposed to sign an agreement on trade, otherwise it will increase tariffs on car imports.

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland has cancelled a working visit to Ukraine, which was to be held today, August 28.

Freeland had to postpone the visit to Kiev because of the “incredible” agreement, United States trade with Mexico. Корреспондент.net tells details.


Canada was built by Ukrainians

On Tuesday 28 August, the Minister of foreign Affairs of Canada Chrystia Freeland was supposed to visit Ukraine. She is fluent in the Ukrainian language, because her mother is Ukrainian.

On the website of the canadian foreign Ministry said that the Minister was due to meet with President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman and Minister of foreign Affairs Pavel Klimkin.

The day before she was visiting in Berlin and after Kiev had to go to Paris. The purpose of the trip Freeland is the strengthening of bilateral relations.

“All these countries have a special relationship with Canada, through which Canada and its partners can contribute to the international order and ensuring peace and prosperity for all,” said the canadian Minister.

It is noted that the free trade agreement between Canada and Ukraine started operations in August last year. Since 2014, Canada has provided Ukraine more than $ 27 million to Finance humanitarian aid, also noted on the website of the canadian Ministry of foreign Affairs.

Почему глава МИД Канады отменила визит в Украину


“Canada continues to support the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and its important democratic, economic and social reforms”, – is spoken in the message.

The last time Freeland was in Ukraine in December last year. Then she met with Poroshenko, with whom he discussed, among other things, the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbass and the support of Ukrainian reforms from Canada.

As you know, Canada has included Ukraine in the list of countries allowed the supply of arms. In addition, the canadian instructors trained by the Ukrainian military.

At the Second international conference on reforms in Ukraine, which took place in Copenhagen in June, Freeland recalled that the current Canada, which is one of the most developed countries of the world, created in the number of Ukrainian immigrants.

“They moved into the steppe, the terrible cold of the wild steppe. It was difficult, but they played a key role in the creation of my country, Canada. The country, which I’m terribly proud of,” said the Minister.

She called on Ukrainians to engage in reforms “for yourself, not for the IMF”.

“I want to say to Ukrainians – you are worse than those of the Ukrainians, you are not worse than Ukrainians, who now live in Canada. Don’t do the reforms, because Federica [Federica Mogherini] asks you or Boris [Johnson], me or the [international] monetary Fund. Do the reforms for themselves, so you can live in a country worthy of you. And I can promise you that we will all support you until the very end,” she said.


Incredible trump’s agreement with Mexico

On the night of August 28 it became known that Freeland has canceled a trip to Kiev and Paris for talks around the North American agreement on free trade area (NAFTA).

August 27, the United States and Mexico according to the results lasted more than a year of negotiations failed to address key disagreements in mutual trade, declared us President Donald trump.

In a televised address, trump called the deal “incredible”, noting that it was “a great day for trade and the United States.”

It is assumed that now the two countries will sign a bilateral agreement that will replace the current agreement on NAFTA.

Canada, as a third party to the former agreement, was asked to join the transaction or to enter into a separate, otherwise, the United States promise to raise tariffs on car imports from this country.

The terms of the agreement with Mexico were not disclosed, but it is known that the Mexicans will increase food purchases in the United States.

Почему глава МИД Канады отменила визит в Украину

Trump receives a delegation from Mexico / EPA

One of the basic requirements of Washington was also increasing in the automobile industry the share of products produced within the zone may be imported free of duty from 62.5 percent to 75 percent.

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It is, for the most part, the cars produced in Mexico and then exported to the US. Initially, the us side insisted on increasing the threshold to 85 percent.

In addition, the agreement will contain a clause stating that at least 45 percent of the parts must be produced by workers, whose wages is at least $ 16 per hour.

In exchange, America has reduced requirements for revision of the agreement – without the mandatory suspension of the automatic mode every five years.

Experts ambiguously reacted to a completed transaction. Some say that he has demonstrated the ability of trump to go on ostuki that can be useful in negotiations with China and the European Union.

Others believe that new rules of import of cars can lead to higher costs for final producers within the zone that will give preference to suppliers from third countries, which are now distributed import tariff is only 2.5 percent without any requirement on the share of local products.

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