Canada’s Conservative Party calls to give Ukraine weapons for $9.5 million

Source : 112 Ukraine

Armaments previously assigned to the Iraqi Kurds are stored several months in the depots of Canadian Armed Forces
08:08, 29 May 2018

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The Conservative Party of Canada called on the government to allocate $ 9.5 million worth of military equipment, originally intended for Kurdish forces to fight Islamic militants in Iraq to Ukraine. North Shore News reported this.

The Trudeau government announced 15 months ago that it would give the Kurds weapons — including rifles, machine-guns, light mortars, grenade launchers and anti-tank missiles — as part of Canada's revamped mission to help eradicate the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

But there were delays in getting approvals from the Iraqi government, and in ensuring adequate safeguards were in place to prevent the weapons from winding up in the hands of paramilitary groups accused of committing war crimes in Iraq.

By the time the weapons were finally purchased late last year, Iraqi and Kurdish forces had turned on each other over the Kurds' renewed push to carve out an independent state in northern Iraq.

To this day, those weapons remain in storage at a Canadian Forces supply depot in Montreal.

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Now, the Conservatives say a Scheer government would send those arms to Ukraine instead.

"They've been allowing these weapons to sit in storage and collect dust and, meanwhile, the violence in Ukraine has taken on a new spring offensive," said Conservative defence critic James Bezan.

"Instead of letting those weapons go to waste, let's get them in the hands of people that can use them."

As it was reported earlier, the supplies of the modern Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine took place a few weeks ago. Heather Nauert, the spokesperson of U.S. Department of State said. Nauert also emphasized that this issue was deliberately not disclosed and people who kept it in secret ‘did a good job’.

At the same time, Nauert refused to comment the article of The New York Times that the Ukrainian side refused to cooperate in the investigation of the special prosecutor Muller for the supplies.

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