The Minister of Defense of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak stated the country’s intention to start buying military vehicles and equipment from Canada in 2018, the Ukrainian agency UNIAN reports.
Following talks with his Canadian counterpart, Khajit Sajan, Poltorak told reporters that the parties had discussed prospects for the development of bilateral relations after a joint defense agreement is signed in April 2017.
"The second issue we discussed was just the issue... related to the purchase of equipment, hardware, vehicles from our Canadian friends the next year," Poltorak said.
According to him, at the talks the ministers discussed the prospects of including Ukraine in the list of countries where arms and equipment can be exported by Canada. In this regard, Poltorak noted that "their work was very fruitful in that field." "It is progressing very well, and there are very good prospects," the Ukrainian minister said.
Earlier, the Globe and Mail reported that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, after meeting with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, announced plans to allow the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, it is about cooperation within the framework of the defense agreement between Ukraine and Canada, signed this year. Kiуv hopes that Ukraine will soon be included in the list of AFCCL countries within this agreement so that the country could receive Canadian automatic firearms. Earlier, Russia has repeatedly warned against plans to supply arms to Ukraine, since this step would only lead to an escalation of the conflict in Donbass. The majority of European politicians spoke against the supply of arms to Ukraine.
DONi News Agency