Send weapons to Ukraine, conservatives tell Trudeau


The Conservatives called on the Canadian government on Tuesday to send weapons to Ukraine because “there are more and more signs of potential Russian aggression.”

“The waffle time by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must end,” Parliamentarians Michael Chong, James Bezan and Pierre Paul Husin said in a statement.

The MP said many countries have already provided weapons to Ukraine, including countries previously under Soviet control, such as the United States, Great Britain, Poland, the Czech Republic and the Baltic states.

“Therefore, the Conservative Party of Canada is once again calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately provide Ukraine with deadly defense weapons, including those originally intended for the Kurdish Peshmerga,” the statement said.

These weapons were mentioned in an article by Ottawa Citizen on January 24, stating that they were promised to Kurds in 2016, but never sent due to opposition from the Iraqi government.

Enough weapons to arm an army of 500 to 600 make up $ 10 million worth of small weapons, including assault rifles, machine guns, sniper rifles, anti-tank recoilless rifles, mortars, grenade launchers, pistols, and ammunition. increase.

Many of these are incompatible with Ukrainian weapons of Russian or Soviet origin.

The cache was originally stored in Montreal, but a Defense Ministry (DND) spokesman told Ottawa Citizen that the weapon had been moved to a private location but was still owned by Canada.

At a recent press conference, when Canada was asked if it would send weapons to Ukraine, Trudeau did not say it wouldn’t happen.

“We know they need something else. We are looking at what we can do to help more,” Trudeau said.

Canada announced last week that it would provide Ukraine with a $ 120 million loan to strengthen its “economic resilience.” In 2015, a total of $ 400 million was provided.

The news was welcomed by Ukraine, but the Canadian embassy specifically sought additional assistance, including weapons.

The Conservatives have also called Trudeau to expand and expand DND’s current training mission in Ukraine and update the image offerings from the Canadian satellite RADARSAT. The Conservative government launched this initiative in 2015, but Ottawa Citizen reported that it was canceled a year later because the transfer of surveillance data involved bureaucracy and bureaucracy.

Ukraine itself made a reassuring tone after the United States announced the withdrawal of the embassy and ordered the diplomat’s family to leave the country as Canada and other Western nations are amplifying Russia’s threat. ..

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a television speech on January 24 that there was no reason to panic in his country, the deputy foreign minister said there were not enough Russian troops on the border for a full-scale aggression. ..

Noe Chartier

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NoƩ Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter.