The statement was published on the occasion of the anniversary of the signing of the Roadmap for a renewed Partnership between the United States and Canada.

The U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday, in a joint statement on the partnership between the two countries, expressed support for Ukraine in the face of the Russian “invasion.”

The statement was published on the occasion of the anniversary of the signing of the Roadmap for a renewed Partnership between the United States and Canada. “A year ago, the United States and Canada reaffirmed the special nature of our relations and our commitment to work together in the interests of collective security and prosperity of our citizens based on the principles of democracy, diversity and justice,” the document distributed by the White House says.

As Biden and Trudeau note, the aforementioned roadmap “lays an ambitious foundation for building a more prosperous future,” economic growth, combating the pandemic and countering “threats to democracy.” “The protection of democracy is at the heart of our commitment to stand by Ukraine in the face of the gratuitous Russian invasion,” the statement says.