Canada intends to lift restrictions on arms trade with Ukraine, - Trudeau

Source : 112 Ukraine

However, he stressed that for inclusion in this list Ukraine must meet a number of criteria
17:37, 23 September 2017

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Canada is working on legislation that will lift the current ban on the sale of weapons to Ukraine. This was stated after talks with the President of Ukraine by the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Ukrinform reports.

"Regarding the mechanism of the Automatic Firearms Country Control List, we are moving forward," said Trudeau.

However, he stressed that for inclusion of Ukraine in this list it must meet a number of criteria.

"There is a process that involves reaching a series of criteria, but we are working on it," the Canadian Prime Minister said.

At the same time, Trudeau did not mention specific dates, when this process could end.

This list (Automatic Firearms Country Control List) determines the countries in which Canada allows its domestic producers to supply weapons. Now it includes 35 countries, including Botswana, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Colombia, but there is no Ukraine. After the signing in early April of the "Agreement on Defense Cooperation between the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the Ministry of National Defense of Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces", Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan stated that for Ukraine the opening of the Canadian arms market would be "the next step of cooperation." However, until now this has not happened.

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