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Canada gives green light for arms sales to Ukraine

Staff Writer | December 14, 2017
The Justin Trudeau government gave permission to Canadian arms manufacturers to sell weapons to Ukraine, a move that Ukraine hopes will prod the Trump administration to follow suit.
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Defense   Justin Trudeau and Petro Poroshenko
Ukraine asked for the approval after the Russians seized the Crimea in 2014 and it was a subject discussed during a meeting last fall between Trudeau and President Petro Poroshenko in Ukraine.

The move is likely to anger Russia and also Amnesty International Canada, who opposed the sale of weapons because they will be used not for defense, as Ukraine maintains, but could be used for controlling their own citizens.

Ukraine’s human rights record has to improve before any weapon sales are approved, Amnesty International Canada said.

But the Canadian government said manufacturers who sell to Ukraine will have to receive an export permit and each transaction will be “assessed on a case-by-case basis.”