Canada Feds mum on Canadian arms exports to Ukraine

19:36  17 may  2018
19:36  17 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The latest report on Canadian arms exports shows Saudi Arabia once again tops the list of non-U.S. buyers, accounting for nearly 20 per cent of all exports of military goods.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Wednesday that Ukraine has been added to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List, which is a list of countries eligible for arms exports . The move means Canadian companies and individuals can now apply to the government for permission to

OTTAWA - The federal government isn't saying whether it has authorized the export of any Canadian-made weapons to Ukraine, where government troops and Russian-backed separatists are fighting.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced in December that Canadian companies and individuals could apply for permission to export prohibited weapons and other equipment to Ukraine.

But Global Affairs Canada is now refusing to say whether any requests for a permit to export arms to Ukraine have been received, let alone approved, citing commercial confidentiality.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced Wednesday that Ukraine has been added to the Automatic Firearms Country Control List, which is a list of countries eligible for arms exports . The move means Canadian companies and individuals can now apply to the government for permission to

Canada is elaborating legislation to lift the current ban on arms exports to Ukraine . In April 2017, Canadian National Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan stated that opening of the arms market would become the next step in the defense cooperation between Canada and Ukraine .

Arms-control and human-rights groups have voiced concerns about Canadian weapons being used in the four-year conflict in Ukraine, saying rights violations have been perpetrated by both sides.

More than 10,000 people have been killed in the fighting in eastern Ukraine, many of them civilians; another 20,000 have been wounded and hundreds of thousands forced from their homes.

The federal Liberal government has been under fire in recent years for approving the sale of arms to countries with questionable human rights records, including Saudi Arabia and the Philippines.

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