Canada does not rule out the sale of weapons to Ukraine and new sanctions against Russia

  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky talked on Tuesday about the situation in Donbas and the possibility of extending the Canadian military mission to Ukraine
  • “I spoke to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau by phone. I informed him about the situation in Donbas. We exchanged views on international efforts to de-escalate. We discussed the possibility of extending the UNIFIER (Canadian military training mission) mission,” Zelenskiy wrote in Tuesday’s tweet
  • The Canadian Prime Minister’s press office in the late afternoon has not yet published a summary of the conversation as seen in the Trudeau calendar on Tuesday. However, the public broadcaster CBC said that the conversation also concerned the possibility of imposing further sanctions on Moscow in connection with Russian maneuvers at the Ukrainian-Russian border
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Canada’s Defense Minister Anita Anand tweeted on Monday that she spoke with Denmark’s Defense Minister Trine Bramsen, also inter alia on the sovereignty and security of Ukraine.

Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly did not rule out the sale of weapons to Ukraine by Canada on Sunday. Joly was repeatedly asked in an interview with the CTV television station whether Canada would agree to sell weapons to the Ukrainian army in the event of Russian troops invading Ukraine, and she did not rule out this possibility.

– The most important issue at present is cooperation with Ukraine on threats to its security. We will do it. Defense Minister Anita Ananda is actively working on this dossier, talks are ongoing with allies. (…) Answering the question: the security of Ukraine is the security of Europe, which means that it is a security issue for the whole world and for Canada – emphasized Joly.

Canada recognized the independence of Ukraine 30 years ago. Since 2015, Canada has been running the UNIFIER operation in Ukraine. As part of the training mission, Canada sends a group of 200 members of the Canadian armed forces to Ukraine every six months, the last shift is to end its stay in March this year. By the end of September last year, over 30,000 people participated in training courses organized by the Canadian military. people.

Among the tasks entrusted to the Canadian minister of defense by the prime minister after the formation of the government in the fall of last year. is an extension of the Canadian military mission to Ukraine, recalled the Canadian media.

According to CNN and Politico on Tuesday, the White House approved an additional $ 200 million military aid package for Ukraine in December. The president was to take advantage of the opportunity to bypass the usual procedures. Politico writes that the kit includes, among others radar system and naval equipment, but it is not known when it will be delivered. According to the State Department, only last year the US sent arms and military equipment worth US $ 450 million to Ukraine, and more than US $ 2.5 billion since the invasions of Crimea and Donbass.

US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland said on Tuesday that the sanctions being prepared by the US and the EU in the event that Russia resumes aggression against Ukraine may not be identical, but they will be painful for Moscow. Russia is now taking “counter-de-escalation” measures, she added.

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