Canada, Ukraine sign co-operation agreement

04 April 2017

Canada and Ukraine signed a defence co-operation agreement as Ukrainian officials seek potential sources of arms, the Canadian Ministry of Defence announced on 3 April. The agreement is a framework for future defence research and production, and does not immediately include any promise to sell arms to Ukraine.

Canada has sent CAD700 million (USD524 million) in non-lethal aid to Ukraine since the Russian invasion of Crimea and continued skirmishes with Russian backed separatists in Eastern Ukraine.

Terms of the deal were broadly agreed upon in July 2016, but final details delayed signing the agreement. The agreement comes as Ukrainian defence minister Stepan Poltorak is in Ottawa beginning a tour of Canadian military industry and instillations.

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