3 Dec 2021 10:00 30 years ago

Russia, Canada, Poland recognize Ukraine's independence

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MOSCOW. Dec 3 (Interfax) – Russia recognizes Ukraine's independence, Russian President Boris Yeltsin said in a statement.

The statement expresses readiness to begin working on a draft interstate treaty.

Canada's general consul in Kyiv presented a statement by Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney on the recognition of Ukraine's independence to Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk.

The Polish government also announced it recognizes Ukraine as an independent state and has decided to establish diplomatic relations with Ukraine at the level of embassies.