Media: Canada ready to provide only instructors for UN peacekeeping missions

The Canadian government is ready to provide UN with equipment and instructors for various peacekeeping operations, but the issue of sending Canadian military to participate in such missions is still open, CBC channel reported on Saturday.

According to the sources of the TV channel in the government, Ottawa currently agrees to send its military instructors to train servicemen of other states that participate in "dangerous missions [of the UN]." In addition, the Canadian authorities may allocate "the most modern [military and other] equipment." However, the liberal government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not ready yet to agree on sending Canadian soldiers to participate in any UN mission.

In the summer of 2016, the Government of Canada announced that "in the very near future" it was ready to deploy up to 600 of its troops in Africa within the framework of the UN peacekeeping mission, but the official Ottawa did not report where the Canadian ‘blue helmets’ could appear. Among the possible countries, various sources stated the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Southern Sudan, the Central African Republic and Mali, where peacekeepers from France were located.

This week, the head of the Canadian Foreign Ministry, Chrystia Freeland, said that Ottawa supported the idea to ​​deploy a UN mission in the territory of Donbass and was negotiating on this topic with Ukraine, the United States, and Germany. Earlier, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko asked Premier Trudeau for the deployment of Canadian peacekeepers in Donbass.

DONi News Agency