Canada has approved the supply of lethal weapons Ukraine

© AFP 2017 / Lars HagbergЗдание of the Parliament of Canada in Ottawa. Archival photo<img src="/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2017/12/456bba7d94b6bd83ff0f798dd0f4cfde.jpg" alt="Canada has approved the supply of lethal weapons Ukraine” />© AFP 2017 / Lars Hagberg

Ottawa has approved the supply of lethal weapons to Ukraine, reported the official magazine of the government of Canada’s Canada Gazette. The decision came into force after publication. In the Federation Council of Russia believe that this will create a «dangerous precedent».

Grateful To Ukraine

Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada, Andriy Shevchenko confirmed that Canada has allowed its companies to supply weapons to Ukraine. The diplomat said that «happy» news on the supply of arms and expressed confidence that it will be able to «bring peace» to Ukraine.

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko thanked Canada and the USA for the decisions taken. He noted that Washington has sanctioned assistance for the security of Ukraine and Ottawa included it in the list of countries that are allowed to deliver a lethal weapon. «I’m thankful to Washington and Ottawa for a powerful and timely signal of support», — wrote Poroshenko in Facebook.

Earlier, the President of the United States Donald trump signed the defense budget for the 2018 fiscal year, which involves the allocation of military assistance to Ukraine to $ 350 million. According to the Ambassador, the Ukrainian Ambassador to the United States Valeriy Chaly, this document makes it possible to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons of a defensive character and greatly enhanced support for Kiev.

Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin on Twitter said that now Kiev «nothing prevents to gun from Canada.» He thanked the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Minister of foreign Affairs of Christ Freeland and defense Minister Hardjito the Sajan «in a friendly and solidarity towards Ukraine».

Canada becomes a party to the conflict

The decision of Ottawa, Canada draws in the Ukrainian crisis and violates the Minsk agreement, said the first Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Frants Klintsevich. «It creates a very dangerous precedent,» the Senator was quoted by his press service.

In addition, it means that this country takes responsibility for the actions of the Ukrainian security forces, trained canadian instructors and equipped with canadian weapons, the statement said the Klintsevich. According to the Senator, these supplies are able «to some extent» to change the correlation of forces opposing each other in the Donbass.

Russia after considering a number of countries supply weapons to Ukraine could make this subject to the discussion of the UN security Council, said Deputy Chairman of the Duma Committee on defence Yury Shvydkin («United Russia»).

Informed against giving arms to Ukraine expressed the European policy. Thus, the former Chairman of the OSCE, the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that it is very risky and counterproductive way out of the crisis.

Russia has repeatedly warned Western partners against the supply of weapons to Kiev, as this step will only lead to an escalation of the conflict in the country. Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that these actions will not contribute to resolving the crisis in the Donbas and the implementation of the Minsk agreements.