Ukraine is involved in talks with Canadian arms manufacturers to purchase light weaponry, stated Rouslan Kats, the political counselor to the Canadian embassy in Ukraine and head of the foreign policy and diplomacy department during an interview with the UNN news agency.
About a year ago Canada included Ukraine in the list of countries that Canadian companies can sell weapons to (Automatic Firearms Country Control List). This was not allowed before,” he told Uawire on Sunday.
Kats also noted that next year the Canadian and UK embassies will act as NATO embassies in Ukraine, and Ukraine needs to take advantage of this to maintain its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
The Liberal cabinet approved for the Canadian defence contractors to sell weapons to Ukraine last December. The move puts Canada out ahead of the United States, which has been considering its own weapons sales. Ukrainian government’s long standing plea was a feature of 2016 meeting between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.